McCaysville City Council approves Copperhill contract with amendments to rates

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Councilman Richard Wagner stated in the monthly meeting of McCaysville City Council, March 12, 2019, “We are going to revise the way we pay Copperhill (TN) for waste water services. And the basic reason we are doing this is to allow them to apply and hopefully successfully get a loan to fix the waste water treatment plant. And it’s not going to be cheap.”

  • “So what we’re going to do,” Wagner continued, “in the  proposal  we’re sending (to them) in reference is the following:April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, up to 5,000,000 gallons, we’re to pay Copperhill $4.75 per 1,000 gallons discharged. Once we use 5,000,000 gallons, the rate drops to $4.00 per 1,000.
  • April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, the rate becomes $5.00 per 1,000. And over 5,000,000 it is $4.25.
  • April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the rate becomes $5.25 per 1,000. And over 5,000,000 it is $4.75.

The contract between the twin cities will be for 3 years instead of annual. Should Copperhill secure funding to repair or replace the current waste water system, both cities will meet to discuss possible rate changes.

In other news:

  • Kessler building repairs are ongoing. It is stated there are options for the roof that are being looked at. The building, if the council approves, will have an eave overhanging the sidewalk. The council voted to table the issue until its April monthly meeting.
  • Frankie Ridgon requested a variance for an addition to his house which will be near the property line with everyone in agreement. The variance was approved.
  • The McCaysville Police Department asked for an amendment to their Standard Operating Procedure manual of a Tactical Team to be called out if the situation warrants. Chief Michael Earley stated the team, which comprises of a Full-time and Part-time employee, are already 75% certified; hostage negotiator, a sniper, and a police officer trained as a paramedic. Approve unanimously.
  • A sidewalk will be built alongside the McCaysville Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center located at 53 E Market Street. Mike Galinski, owner of the building, has agreed to pay for installation of the sidewalk from the street to the river. The remaining 525′ of sidewalk being built will be partiall paid for by a grant obtained by Marilyn McNeal. The remaining will be paid for by SPLOSH funds. Bids are being seeked at press time.
  • Sue Griffen, Burra Burra Restaurant, had requested to sell liquor on Sundays. Council advised her it would be ‘Citizen Vote’ and would be placed on the November ballot. City Attorney advise there may be other options. Wagner commented, “We’ll explore those options.”
  • The water plant may soon be closing from midnight until 4 a.m. each day due to the successfullness of operation at the facility. The plant has been able to run at 85% capacity, even with river as muddy as it has been, due to a new piece of equipment and chemical recently purchased. Wagner admits, “We have never been in this good position since came on the Council.”

Attending the March meeting were Councilmen Wagner, Rodney Patterson, Tommy Colis, Tommy Quintrell, Councilwoman Sue Beaver, Chief Earley, and City Attorney Cortney Stuart.

The next monthly meeting for McCaysville City Council will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at City Hall.

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