Some of Union County's 39,000 water customers will see their bills increase if they use a lot.
County commissioners unanimously approved a revised rate structure last week that lowers the thresholds at which higher rates kick in. The changes apply mainly to residential customers, though some small businesses may be affected, Assistant County Manager Matthew Delk said.
The move came after county Public Works staff and engineering consultants warned that Union County's water-treatment plants may not be able to handle growth in daily demand in the coming years if no new capacity or water comes in.
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“The rate structure most affects the 19 percent of customers who use more than 10,000 gallons per month. Customers using less than 10,000 gallons will not be affected. The typical Union County household uses about 7,500 gallons per month, said consultant Kevin Mosteller of Charlotte-based HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas.
Here's how it works:
The highest rate tier, $9.45 per month under nondrought conditions, will apply to customers who use more than 15,000 gallons. Under the old structure, the threshold was 18,000 gallons.
The second-highest tier, $5.45 per month, will apply to customers who use 10,000-15,000 gallons per month. Previously, that rate did not kick in until a customer hit 12,000 gallons per month.
The rates in these tiers will escalate if the drought worsens. Under the current water shortage alert, the base rates will be multiplied by 1.5. So a household that uses more than 15,000 gallons will pay $23.63, instead of $9.45.
Details are expected to be posted today on the county's Web site, www.co.union.nc.us.
The League of Women Voters of Union County will mark the 88th anniversary of the date the U.S,. Constitution was amended to give women the right to vote.
Aug. 26 is known as Women's Equality Day because of the passage of the 19 Amendment on that date in 1920. Tennessee was the last state to vote in the affirmative and satisfied the requirement of three-fourths of the states approving the constitutional amendment. (North Carolina finally ratified the amendment in 1971.)
The local league plans a dinner on Aug. 26 to honor local women who have been elected to public office. Reservations for the event to be held at the Victorian Crow's Nest may be made by calling Lois Johnson at 704-282-0028, or Bernie Parker at 704-846-1459.
Lakeview Baptist Church will hold a satellite simulcast with Focus on the Family's “Truth Project” at 9 a.m. Sept. 27.
The “Truth Project” is a new initiative of Focus on the Family, created by Senior Vice President Dr. Del Tackett.
Focus on the Family will partner with Church Communication Network (CCN) to launch “The Truth Project” via live satellite. This is a training event.
“The Truth Project is an ongoing movement, bringing people together in small groups to experience personal transformation from biblical truth,” says Bill Dallas, founder and CEO of CCN. Lakeview Baptist Church is at 4602 Concord Hwy., Monroe.
Visit the Lakeview Baptist Church Web site at lakeviewfamily.org or call 704-283-0019 for more information.
An Indian Trail team is headed to the Kick-It World Soccer Championship in Orlando, Fla. next year.
The U-7 Mohawks from the Indian Trail Athletic Association qualified for the Augusta tournament by qualifying at the Local Kick-It 3 v 3 Soccer Tournament in Statesville last month.
The Mohawks won four games and tied once to become champions. With this victory, the Mohawks move on to the January 2009 Kick-It World Soccer Championship at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex .
The team is soliciting donations for the trip. For mor information, e-mail
The town council did not make a decision last week about a proposed private sewer treatment plant in The Woods subdivision.
Due to the large amount of information to be presented by people on both sides of the issue, the meeting will continue at 7 p.m. Monday at Weddington High School.
About 250 people attended Monday's meeting at Weddington High School, many of them carrying signs saying “No Sewer Plant Please.”
IB Development is planning the neighborhood near the intersection of N.C. 84 and N.C. 16. Homes would cost between $1.2 million and $3 million. Reclaimed water from the plant would be used to irrigate lawns and landscaping. IB Development is seeking a permit to install the private sewer treatment plant.
Two recent graduates of Weddington High School were guests of The Churchill Society of North Carolina at “A Close Encounter with Winston Churchill,” featuring Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill.
The event was held at Charlotte Museum of History on July 9.
Lindsay Mizok and Tim Berry, along with Nicholas Bacheldor, a rising senior at Ardrey Kell High School, were selected upon recommendation of representatives of their school. Lindsay Mizok is an artist and Tim Berry has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The town will host a cleanup day in the Spring Hill neighborhood in early October.
The Stallings Town Council recently approved paying for up to six industrial Dumpsters for the event, which residents have been asking for.
The town will focus on helping Spring Hill for the next year, and it recently hosted a well-attended National Night Out party in the neighborhood.
If you have an opinion about Indian Trail, town officials want to hear it.
On Monday, a consultant will host a public meeting to hear people's ideas about Indian Trail. They will use the information to create a series of graphics, or “branding,” that the town can use in marketing campaigns and to create a town image.
The consultant will present the new brand at a meeting open to the public on Wednesday. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will be in the town's civic building, which is behind the Town Hall off Indian Trail Road.