Residents of the Town of Stanfield can expect changes to sewer fees beginning this month. The board last Thursday approved a new fee system for the improper disposal of waste and other alien objects such as diapers, kitchen grease, oil, plastic objects, clothes, rags, etc.
The town did not have a prior fee schedule to resolve problems that arise from improper waste disposal and are hoping the fees will deter residents from abusing their sewer systems.
The new fees are as follows, $200 to clean out grinder pumps and $1,700 for a replacement grinder pump.
The town will send out a flyer for what is proper and improper along with the resolution and a letter explaining the changes. The town has also begun documenting each incident with pictures and information on what the problem was, the cause of the problem, and how it was fixed in order to have a better understanding of the issues in the future.
“This will be on a case by case basis with good judgment,” said town administrator Bob Harvey, “We are going to be very prudent and have it well documented.”
In other matters
• Commissioners passed a motion to make a change to the Business License rate for sweepstakes machines from $5 a machine to $100 a machine.
• Commissioner Jason Smith informed the board of the upcoming changes and upgrades to Pete Henkel Park in the coming year. Some of the changes include a retaining wall, new grass, trail signs and markings, refurbishing the playground, adding in a second picnic shelter and more. Several of the projects will be done “in-house” to lower costs.
• Several zoning signs will soon go up along Hwy. 200 for a property totaling 40 acres. The matter for zoning will go to the Zoning and Planning Board before coming to the council to schedule a public hearing.
• The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be February 7 at 7 pm. The meeting is open to the public.