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By John Lanier
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Rosmen Aldermen Amend Utility Ordinance- Rosman NC

 

Last updated 3/12/2014 at 12:40pm



By a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, the Rosman Board of Aldermen amended the utilities ordinance regarding commercial master meters.

Mayor Brian Shelton said it would cost about $2,200 to put in a 2-inch commercial master meter. At present the town charges $600 for meters, but those are three-quarter inch meters used for residences and small businesses. Until Tuesday night, there were no separate charges for commercial master meters. Shelton said the town needed to have a higher rate of $2,500 to cover the cost of any commercial master meters. Without the amendment, the town could have lost $1,600 for each commercial master meter.

“We’re not supposed to operate our utilities at a loss,” said Town Attorney Donald Barton.

Shelton explained that the town is not losing money now because only the schools have such meters, but the change needs to be made so that it would not lose money in the future. The new commercial master meter rates would apply to facilities such as hotels, motels, retirement homes, RV parks, amusement facilities, etc.

Consolidation

Rosman businessman Chuck Kantor expressed thanks to the board for opposing consolidation of the two high schools. Shelton said some people are still “pushing” for consolidation.

“It’s very important that we keep our schools,” said resident Martha Mathis.

Kantor asked if there were any legal grounds on which the board could prevent consolidation.

He said the town provides water to the Rosman schools and consolidation of the schools would affect the town.

“If we’re going to go down, we’re not going to go down easy,” Kantor said.

“We’re not going to go down,” said Mathis.

Water Treatment

Alderman Walter “Chub” Pettit asked if the town should apply for a grant to move forward on a water system for the town.

Sheton said the town would have to hire an engineering firm first to show there is demand for such a system before applying for a grant.

Pettit said, “If we don’t do something ourselves, we’re going to be up the creek.”

Pettit said the longer the town waits to take action on a water treatment facility, the greater chance the City of Brevard will pass Rosman and maybe even take control of Rosman’s facilities.

 
 

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