DOBSON — Town commissioners approved an interlocal agreement which will increase the town’s water customer base by about 10 percent.
The Dobson Board of Commissioners met Wednesday evening after recessing its meeting the prior Thursday. The board sought to act quickly in approving an agreement with Surry County which sends the water business in the Interstates Water and Sewer District to the town.
The agreement, which had already garnered the approval of the Surry County Board of Commissioners, conveys ownership of the water system to the town effective July 1. It was passed unanimously by the four town commissioners in attendance Wednesday.
Dobson has been providing the water service to the district, which includes the area along N.C. 89 beginning to the west of Mount Airy and ending to the west of Interstate 77, through a contract with the county since water service was run to the district in 2010.
Town Manager Josh Smith said those in the district are used to the services provided by the town. Additionally, retaining the Pine Ridge water tank, which is part of the Interstates system, was important to town’s infrastructure.
The Pine Ridge tank is used to provide water to much of the town’s customer base in the event the tank at Shelton Vineyards must shut down for repairs or other maintenance, explained Smith.
The town also assumed a lease with Carolina West. The company leases the Pine Ridge water tank for use as a cell phone tower. The lease is worth about $14,000 per year.
The town acted quickly, recessing its last meeting, so the system could be officially in the town’s hands by the beginning of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
According to Smith, having the system on the town’s books by that date will make accounting easier. It will also alleviate some filing requirements with the N.C. Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.
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