Electric staying same, board decides

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 06:12 AM

Utility rates will not increase in Forest City after a 3-2 vote by Town Council Monday night during its regular board meeting. Council members Steve Holland, Shawn Moore and Chris Lee opposed a recommendation from Kevin O’Donnell with Nova Energy Consultants, Inc. to increase the basic electric rates. O’Donnell suggested a rate increase to help offset an increase by Duke Energy.

However, after O’Donnell told the board, the Town will receive about $600,000 from Duke Energy in the future for Duke over billing the town. 

Shawn Moore made the motion not to increase utility rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

Moore said during “these hard times” he is opposed to an increase in rate, even if it was just a few dollars.

Also Monday night, Council tabled a decision regarding the town’s participation in a countywide sewer study, until more information is received from the other towns.

Thus far the Town of Spindale and Rutherford County have voted to participate in the study, but at a cost of about $20,000 for the Town of Forest City to join the study, council members wanted more information.

Town Manager John Condrey said the study could provide information that could  “be in our best interest” if at some point the town of Spindale or Rutherfordton would want to utilize the Town of Forest’s wastewater treatment plant to treat its wastewater.

Lee said he wants to know

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how many other towns are going to participate.

The board will address the issue again at its Feb. 4 meeting.

The town received information regarding a $10,000 grant for Florence Mill Marketing from Future Forward.  There are no matching funds required.

Council received a first draft of the Economic Development Agreement with developer Gene Rees for its review of the Florence Mill projects and will sent it to Rees immediately to get the condo project moving along.

Town Council appoved a match of $33,000 for a $133,000 sidewalk expansion project on east Oak Street.  The former match was $28,50 for a $115,000 project, but DOT reported the east side of Oak Street will offer the best option for continued expansion of the sidewalk project.

Council is requesting an audit from American Legion Post baseball before it provides $4,000 to the league to help pay for games played at McNair Stadium.

Council unanimously voted to proclaim Friday, Jan. 25 as Sandra Mayse Day.  After 36 1/2 years, Mayse is retiring as the city clerk.

Emily Clerk was sworn in as the town’s new clerk and Julie Scherer received the oath of office as the town’s finance officer.

Council also conducted a closed session to discuss litigation under the attorney-client law.