The city of Statesville and a group of 13 property owners have reached an agreement to share the costs for the repair and restoration of Dillon’s Pond, near the Georgia Avenue/Fulton Drive section of the city.
The owners’ share of the one-time repair costs is $6,000; a public hearing on setting up a special district to finance maintenance and repair costs will be held 7 p.m. April 13 at city hall.
The pond has been drained and out of service for longer than a year while engineers investigated the cause of a leak. It was determined the one-time cost of repairing the leak is $128,000, while the cost of annual maintenance and future repair work for the dam is estimated at $3,600 per year, according to Public Works Director Scott Harrell.
“The residents adjacent to the pond have indicated their willingness to have the city form a municipal service district to provide the expenses needed to maintain the dam,” Harrell said. An MSD is a special tax district established to provide a service or function not included in the city’s typical scope of services.
The city has prepared a report outlining the scope and purpose of the MSD, as required by state law. Meanwhile, the 13 owners whose property abuts the pond have paid their $6,000 share of the repair costs.
The $6,000 was divided among the 13 adjacent property owners based on 2015 county tax values, resulting in one-time repair costs ranging from a low of $79 to a high of $666. If approved, the service district will levy a special tax annually, at a rate of 21 cents per $100 tax value, to fund maintenance activities such as vegetation management, spillway/outlet works operation and nuisance animal control.
The tax rate will be evaluated every 10 years to ensure an appropriate amount of revenue is being generated to fund the project.
The council seemed pleased with the shape of the agreement. “All I’ve heard so far is very positive feedback about this approach,” said Councilman Arnold Watt. “That’s the way city government is supposed to work.”
The 3-acre body of water, known as Dillon’s Pond, has been kept at a low level since December 2013, because of an abandoned, leaking conduit in the dam’s embankment.
The dam, which impounds the pond, is under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the $128,000 needed for the one-time repair includes approximately $42,000 for work necessary to stabilize the embankment beneath Woods Drive, and $86,000 to satisfy DENR requirements.
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