The Stanfield Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to work with individual property owners with known septic system problems rather than pursuing a sewer extension project in the Willow Creek neighborhood at this time.
Stanfield will not pursue sewer extension project in Willow Creek
There was standing room only for the crowd gathered at Stanfield Town Hall during Thursday evening’s board meeting. The packed house was in response to a public hearing regarding a proposed sewer extension project for the Willow Creek neighborhood.
The board specifically sought public comment regarding the need for the project as well as funding options for the $250,000 undertaking. Funding options included charging a sewer access fee for the ability to hook onto the system, dividing the increase in cost among all current sewer customers, dividing the increase in cost among the customers along the new sewer extension, a combination of these options or simply canceling the project due to lack of interest/need.
According to information presented in the meeting, a sewer extension project approximately 10 years ago provided sewer access to a portion of the homes in the Willow Creek neighborhood, resolving some of the septic system issues in the subdivision. Of the 40 homes in the subdivision, 11 currently have city sewer and 29 have septic systems. Of the 16 Willow Creek homeowners present at the meeting, only one reported currently having issues with a septic system. Many of the residents who spoke during the hearing voiced concerns about the cost of the project.
After hearing public comments, board members agreed that there was no need to move forward with the sewer extension project based on only one or two isolated issues currently reported in the neighborhood.
“No major issues have been presented to us to spend $250,000 on and require our citizens or the neighborhood as a whole to pay for it,” said Commissioner James Griffin. “There are a few isolated instances…I don’t believe there is an overall issue among the whole Willow Creek community.”
“I haven’t seen anything that would tell me that there is an issue to be fixed,” said Commissioner Greg Lucas.
Commissioner Rick Williams, who is also a Willow Creek resident, agreed that the $250,000 sewer extension project should not be pursued at this time; however, he said sewer issues may be a problem that will need to be resolved in the future. He suggested working on the project in phases, working with individual residents with major septic system concerns now and creating a plan to resolve neighborhood sewer issues for the future.
In response to a motion made by Commissioner Larry Sides, the board unanimously voted to work with individual property owners with known septic system problems rather than pursuing a sewer extension project in the Willow Creek neighborhood at this time.
In other matters:
Commissioner Greg Lucas provided the financial report as follows: General Fund $672,215, Powell Bill Fund $49,297, Enterprise Fund $129,057, General Fund CD $58,798, Enterprise Fund CD $104,229, N.C. Capital Management Fund General $2,017, N.C. Capital Management Fund Enterprise $2,317.
The police report for the month of November is as follows: four disturbances, four assist fire/EMS, nine suspicious persons/vehicles, 508 business/neighborhood checks, 150 investigation calls, 10 citations/charges, two arrests, four business/residential alarms, one DWI, three motor vehicle collisions, two mutual aid and one damage to property for total of 177 calls for service.
The police report for the month of December is as follows: five disturbances, one assault, one breaking/entering, three assist fire/EMS, five suspicious persons/vehicles, 373 business/neighborhood checks, 96 investigation calls, eight citations/charges, one arrest, one business/residential alarm, one DWI, one motor vehicle collision and two mutual aid for a total of 115 calls for service.
Commissioner James Griffin read a letter from a citizen commending Code Enforcement Officer McDaniel for his professionalism.
The second annual outdoor market is planned for June 17 at Pete Henkel Park.
Commissioner Larry Sides presented information on converting the street lights on West Stanly Street to LED lights. Benefits include both energy and cost savings. The council approved the change.
White goods pickup is scheduled for May 13. Bulk good pickup is scheduled for April 8. Electronics and household hazardous waste collection will be held at the Agri-Civic Center on April 8. Limb pickup is scheduled for the first week in February and March.
A public hearing is scheduled for March 2 to adopt the Stanly County Minimum Housing Code.
A public hearing is scheduled for March 2 to amend the zoning ordinance Accessory Structures and Uses.