- Published on Friday, 29 June 2012 10:34
- Written by Super User
The Kure Beach Town Council recently voted to continue charging for both water and sewer rates when swimming pools are filled up even though the water never enters the sewer system.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
KURE BEACH - Historically the Town of Kure Beach has charged for both water and sewer when people fill their swimming pools.
At their June 19, meeting the Council discussed waving the sewer charge since no water has to be treated at the sewer treatment plant.
Town Clerk Nancy Avery explained, "We've have some differences in my way of interpreting the ordinance for swimming pools as to whether we are supposed to bill for water and sewer or not."
Section 17-38 of the Town code states, " Water for sprinkling purposes only, and for fountains and pools, will be supplied only by meter measurement and at meter rates and under such conditions as the council may prescribe. No permit will be granted for a continuous flow from any fixture, unless a meter is used."
Avery quoted Town ordinance and said, "I interpret that to mean we have one meter, we don't have a separate meter for water or sewer. You fill it up... you are paying for water and sewer."
Avery said traditionally the Town has not charged at all or given owners a one-time chance to fill up a pool and only charge them for the cost of water, not sewer.
She said, "I would just like clarification... my direction has always been to follow the ordinance" and she wanted to know how Council would like her to proceed.
Mayor Dean Lambeth said, "Carolina Beach gives them a break on swimming pool fill up."
Avery said, "A 15,000 gallon pool, for water and sewer is $82.50 to fill it up. Water is $36 and sewer is $46.50."
Lambeth said, "The one time fill up fee compared to the every day usage that you pay sewage on... I don't see charging sewer."
Avery raised the question of how the Town would treat sprinkler systems which also don't enter the sewer system.
Councilman David Heglar said, "It's pretty clear. If we need to change the ordinance you can propose one I guess."
Heglar said, "We just talked in our budget meetings about encouraging people to conserve water so we're not going to stop charging the rates in our ordinances unless we do a whole overhaul" of the ordinance.
He told Lambeth, "I'm ok if you want to make a proposal we need to modify the ordinance. But I agree with Nancy, she is doing exactly what she should do which is follow the
ordinance. If the Council wants to change it, we should change it. I don't think it's worth changing for $40 to fill up your pool. I don't know what a pool cost now but I'm sure it's a whole lot more than that."
He said, "I only use the Atlantic Ocean. Or we can convince the fire chief to go practice around their pool and spray into that."
The Council voted not to change the ordinance. Mayor Lambeth said he was in favor of eliminating the charge for sewer.