PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners passed a new town ordinance last week.
The new measure gives the town the ability to declare, within reason, things not specifically listed under the current nuisance ordinance, as a nuisance.
“Under this new ordinance amendment, if someone files a complaint, and the town staff reviews the complaint and it doesn’t neatly fit into one of the categories under the ordinance, we can ask for a public hearing, in which the town would collect pictures or proof that there is a violation.
“We would notify the parties involved and bring it before the board of commissioners,” explained Michael Boaz, town manager.
Once an entity is declared to be in violation of the ordinance the town will give a reasonable time to “fix” the issue, and after that time passed if the violation is not resolved, the fine is $100 a day, according to Boaz.
The ordinance was drafted based on the North Wilkesboro ordinance. The ordinance is more specific to things such as grass height, declaring anything over 8 inches is a violation.
In other business, the Board of Commissioners changed how they vote on agenda items.
Traditionally, any motion to vote on an agenda item would require a “second” to move it forward to the voting process.
“The reason behind this, is a motion is 25 percent of the membership. It seems unreasonable to require 50 percent of the board to support something before a vote is taken,” said Boaz.
However, according to Ed Woltz, town attorney, this is the recommended procedure developed by the School of Government.
With suggestion by Woltz, the board decided to adopt the new Rule of Procedure.
The board of commissioners in June authorized a water meter replacement project, which allowed Boaz to enter into negations for a contract for the project.
The board of commissioners voted unanimously to authorize Boaz to sign the contracts which came as a result of the negotiations.
At the June meeting, the board made amendments to the capital projects ordinance in order to fund the project.
Boaz explained that the Local Government Commission requires the town to submit the 2015-2016 fiscal year audit before submitting the application for the project.
The timeline of the water meter replacement project was contingent on financial approval by the Local Government Commission.
“The approval came,” said Boaz in his brief, during last week’s meeting. “We hope to have the project underway by the end of the month.”
As a result, the town is installing meters on fire service lines. “Those lines are connected to sprinkler systems at various businesses in town and are not for domestic usage,” said Boaz.
Boaz suggested the board approve a new fee that applies a rate of $100 dollars per 1,000 gallons of water usage to fire service lines. “This fee is hopefully to deter someone from stealing water,” stated Boaz.
The board would have the power to waive this fee, in the event of a fire.
The amendment to the fee schedule passed unanimously among st the board.
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