Keeping an eye on expansion costs for future water and sewer needs, Aberdeen town leaders approved a schedule for system development fees on Monday.
The sliding scale structure complies with House Bill 436, passed by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 session, which gives utility providers the authority to charge fees for system development and capacity.
Importantly, the new law requires local governments to conduct a financial analysis to justify what the fee is and then provide a breakdown of tap fees to show how much is for actual cost of tapping into a public water line, and what portion is the system development fee.
Aberdeen hired LKC Engineering, LLC, to analyze the town’s system. The firm based its calculations for fees on methods recommended by the American Water Works Association.
The new water system development fee is $2.63 per gallon, and the new sewer system development fee is set at $5.52 per gallon.
“These fees will allow us to ensure we have the capacity to expand our water and sewer system,” said Public Works Director Harold Watts. “Historically the town has undercharged these fees.”
Aberdeen’s water system consists of 20 groundwater supply wells, five elevated storage tanks, and approximately 29 miles of 2‐inch through 14‐inch water mains. Only the 10‐inch and larger distribution mains were included in the system development fee calculation. In addition, the town has interconnections for emergency situations with surrounding water systems owned by Southern Pines, Moore County Public Utilities, and Hoke County.
The town of Aberdeen operates a wastewater collection system that consists of approximately 20 miles of 6‐inch through 14‐inch gravity mains; seven sewer pump stations; and approximately 4.8 miles of 3‐inch through 8‐inch forcemain. All wastewater from the town is discharged to the Moore County gravity sewer outfall at multiple locations throughout the service area and conveyed to the Moore County regional treatment facility in Addor for treatment and disposal.
In other action on Monday, the Aberdeen Town Board:
Discussed potential safety improvements at the intersection of North Poplar Street and Maple Avenue. Resident Sarah Ahmad told town leaders there have been several bad accidents and that living nearby she has heard additional “near misses.” Public Works Director Harold Watts said repaving work completed recently had covered over an area that prohibited parking, that could be limiting line of sight for vehicles entering from Maple Avenue. He agreed to research the concern.
Approved a series of amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance, in anticipation of an update to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan that is currently underway at the Planning Board level. The purpose of the amendments is to “hold the line,” said Town Manager Paul Sabiston while newer standards are reviewed for potential adoption.
Heard a progress report on the formation of a new Downtown Aberdeen Advisory Board. The committee will be composed of five members and two alternates. Four of the regular seats are to be filled by downtown stakeholders with one at-large seat. The alternate seats will be filled by one stakeholder and one at-large member. The purpose of the advisory board is to support downtown economic development efforts, and the marketing and promotion of the downtown area. Additional information is posted on the town’s website.
Appointed six volunteers to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. The seats were approved on a staggered schedule with two or three-year terms. Dene Moon was re-appointed for a three-year term, joined by Fallon Brewington and Josh Willhelm. Amberly Weber, Adriana Janker
Bethania Robinson, and Shekeeta McCrimmon were appointed to fill two-year terms.
Named the Aberdeen Lake picnic shelter the Bob Matthew’s Firemen’s Shelter in honor of his long and dedicated service to the town.
Matthews, who will retire at the end of the month, has served as Aberdeen’s water and sewer superintendent for 34 years and an Aberdeen volunteer firefighter for 26 years