Henderson council raises some fees

Feb. 25, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Missing the city’s deadline for loose leaf pick up soon will be costly for residents.

At its meeting Monday, city council approved a $75 fee for collecting the leaves after a mid-January deadline. Pickup begins mid-October. Residents who miss the deadline can avoid the fee by bagging their leaves.

In a report to council, City Manager Ray Griffin said the fee “will allow fairness with customers who comply with bagging or placing the leaves in containers for pickup and those who rake large piles of leaves that are too large for bags or containers, requiring the use of the city’s leaf vacuum equipment truck.”

The council also voted hikes in some trash collection fees to offset increases imposed in its contract with Waste Industries, the private firm that serves the city.

Griffin told board members in a report that a review of the fiscal 2014 budget after its adoption revealed “the fee for additional carts as well as the fee for additional trash pickups were not adjusted” to offset increases allowed in its contract. He said about 200 additional rollout carts are billed to the city.

The new fees will increase the cost of an additional cart to $4.22, up from $3.87. The new schedule of fees for extra pickups will range from $56.73 for two to $141.83 for five.

In other business, board members approved a rezoning request and amended its sign ordinance.

On a recommendation from the city planning board, the council rezoned seven tracts off Wilbur Street from Industrial Non-Park to Neighborhood Commercial.

Approval of the request by property owner Ruth Brummitt completely rezones the corner of the southbound exit ramp of U.S. 1 and N.C. 39 from industrial to commercial. In general terms, industrial zoning tends to allow for manufacturing while commercial-zoned property usually involves selling merchandise.

An amendment to the sign ordinance imposes a $50 civil penalty for off-premises advertising signs placed in street rights of way and in public places without a zoning permit. The amendment is effective April 1.

“There consistently is a problem with off-premises advertisement signs,” Griffin said.

The amendment was recommended by the planning board, whose report said more than 100 signs placed by a tax service in Raleigh had been picked up.

In other business, council:

• Approved the budget for replacing water mains by $173,000 and to expand the project if funds become available.

• Learned the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to rehabilitate Interstate 85 from the city to the Virginia line and rebuild the Andrews Avenue bridge. The project could start this year.

• Learned N.C. DOT has again made funds available for widening Chavasse Avenue from Raleigh Road to Williams Street.

 

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