New Hartsville water and sewer rates approved

By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, slyles@newsandpress.net

Hartsville City Council convened a special meeting Oct. 4 and voted to establish a new water and sewer rate class for heavy industrial users.

Council held a public hearing and final reading for Ordinance 4350, which institutes a Large Water User Industrial Rate Class.

The ordinance states that this classification applies to “any industrial customer of the system that maintains an account with average monthly water usage in excess of 2,000,000 gallons.”

The minimum charge (covering the city’s fixed costs and 2,000,000 gallons of monthly water usage) will be $7,466 for these customers. Volume above that amount will cost $3.48 per 1,000 gallons.

This ordinance also establishes a Large Sewer User Industrial Rate Class for industrial customers with “an average monthly water usage in excess of 2,000,000 gallons, a discharge point not associated with a water meter, and with no permanent sewer flow meter.”

These customers will be charged a flat fee of $1,385 per month.

No citizen raised questions or concerns at the public hearing, and Council unanimously approved Ordinance 4350.

Also at this meeting, Council held a public hearing and final reading for Ordinance 4351, which allows the City of Hartsville to lease a portion of properties in the South Hartsville Area owned by D. Brown for the purpose of installing a surveillance camera.

The lease calls for a one-time payment of $1, and the lease remains in effect until either party seeks to terminate the agreement.

Properties named in the lease include “Logan Ave./Fletcher Street, Brewer Ave/Fletcher Street, Rice Street at back of gin, Sumter/Fletcher Street on north end, In between buildings of gin between Sumter and Bell, (and) Seventh/Sumter.”

The ordinance says the camera will be used “for the monitoring of illicit activity in order to increase the safety and well-being of citizens.” No one spoke at the public hearing, and Council voted unanimously in favor of Ordinance 4351.

A similar ordinance, No. 4352, commits the City of Hartsville to lease a portion of 400 Bell Avenue from Thomas E. Goodson Jr. for the installation and maintenance of security monitoring equipment. A one-time payment of $1 gives the city access to install and maintain the camera equipment. Again, no one spoke at the public hearing and council voted unanimously to approve final reading of Ordinance 4352.

Hartsville City Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, located at 100 East Carolina Avenue in Hartsville.

Author: Rachel Howell

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