By RON BAXLEY JR. T&D Correspondent
NORTH – A generator is needed to operate the town's water system in the event of storm-related power outages, Mayor Patty Carson indicated at North Town Council's October meeting.
Carson asked Councilman Julius Jones to check into the possibility of the town securing a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for the purchase of a generator.
Just before Hurricane Florence impacted the state, North overfilled its water tank to make sure citizens had enough water during the storm. However, the mayor noted that having a generator would better facilitate pumping the water to citizens should the power go out during a major hurricane or storm.
Jones agreed to research the possibility of the town obtaining a FEMA grant to pay for a generator.
Also during the meeting, council approved a recommendation from the town's auditor to set a capitalization threshold of $1,000 for equipment purchases and a capitalization threshold of $2,500 for major repairs.
“For example, we bought a new trailer for Public Works. It was $1,100 and was an equipment purchase of over $1,000. The auditors recognize the asset and the expense over a longer period of time,” Carson said.
Council also approved second reading of the proposed ordinance authorizing the Municipal Association of South Carolina to collect debts owed to the town via creditors' Department of Revenue refunds.
The mayor reported that she drafted a revision to the utility payment plan agreement at the request of the council.
The proposed revision would stipulate that if an applicant is not a property owner, the payment agreement will be disclosed to the property owner. Carson, however, said she would like to have an attorney look at the proposed addendum before pursuing it further.
In addition, the mayor talked about the need to enforce the 2004 ordinance requiring property owners to keep sidewalks adjoining their property free of grass, weeds, trash and garbage. Carson said she and several council members have observed sidewalks that are impassable.
Councilwoman Deborah Cook said council needs to set fines for violations of the ordinance.
Action was tabled until further research can be done with the municipal judge and the police chief.
In other business:
“I am going to ask all council members to pick up six bags apiece," she said.