A year of growth

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 07:14 AM

SPINDALE— In 2012, the town of Spindale began the necessary steps to address the wastewater collection and treatment issue it is now facing.

According to Town Manager, Cameron McHargue, the town has begun a proactive Asset Management program to strategically identify the components of the service that need timely attention. Cataloging its infrastructure and assessing its condition and future demand are critical activities that will lead the town towards better management and upkeep of an aging system. Their goal is to ensure ratepayers that the appropriate funds are being spent on the appropriate projects at the right point in time, all in a regulatory environment that seems to require greater quality standards year after year. 

In addition to the collection system, the Wastewater Treatment plant is in need of overhaul and rehabilitation. 

"As 2012 comes to an end, we are planning for a study of our plant during 2013 that will position the town for necessary construction funding from the federal and state levels," McHargue said. "As Spindale transitions from a textile community that once required treatment capacity and technologies from a by-gone era, we will be looking at more feasible methods of wastewater treatment. This will take into account the practical nature of today’s flow volumes, overall economic feasibility, and alternative treatment technologies."   

Other news in 2012 included:

-Several local industries opened or continued to expand operations and create additional jobs in the Spindale community, including Diamondback Tactical, Manroy Defense, AmeriDial, and Isothermal Textiles. 

-Spindale partnered with the Economic Development Commission which this year initiated a new Business Retention and Expansion Program to assist existing businesses.

- The implementation of Zoning Permits for demolition projects assisted the town with managing a large-scale industrial demolition of the Stonecutter Mills property.  Demolition permitting is an issue that will likely affect very many communities in a traditional manufacturing state such as North Carolina. With the economic changes of the past few years, removal and mining of such structures for valuable components has become a business opportunity. 

- With the November 2011 election referendum whereby Spindale voters approved the continued operation of the Spindale Library via the necessary increase in tax revenues, the Town continues to provide its traditional library service to our community.

In 2013, the town plans to continue to grow economically, provide new homes for community members and make improvements to other areas.

- The development of Timber Ridge Cottages will commence after the first of the year; during 2012 the project received local Zoning approvals and state tax credits through the State of North Carolina. The project will provide approximately 52 senior cottage-style townhomes off Sims Street and Railroad Avenue.

- The Town has also begun work under a NC Parks & Recreation Trust Fund grant to make some much-needed improvements to Deviney Park including the playground, tennis courts and basketball courts.