Pelzer Town Council recently discussed water rates, changing their meeting dates for the upcoming year and selling some town owned property. They also approved the annexation of two additional pieces of property.
During their meeting Friday, Council compared water rates based on information being considered on a proposal by the Greenville Water System. Town Administrator Skip Watkins provided Council with figures based on the towns current billed rate of $2.82 per 1000 gallons of water and the would be savings if the town bought in on the proposal at a rate pf $1.41 per 1000 gallons. Even with capital buy-in financing of $3,767.50 per month, the town would have saved $14,627.87 over the past year based on Jan. – Nov. 2014 usage.
The contract being proposed is based on usage up to 150,000 gallons per day. The town averages about 110,000 gpd, according to Watkins. Overages will be billed a $1.01 per 1000 gallons. If the town agrees, the contract will be over a 10 year period.
Watkins said there is a possibility that a local bank will have a lower finance rate, which would allow the town to borrow the amount needed for the capital improvements and pay Greenville Water System up front in turn getting a lower interest rate and saving some money.
According to Watkins, the interst saving would be approximately $177.50 per month. He recommended moving forward with the alternative financing.
Council decided to begin holding their regular monthly meetings on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Community Building to allow additional space for more people who are expected to attend. The first meeting of 2015 will be held Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the community building.
Council approved a petition for the annexation of two pieces of property. The properties are located at 14 Frost St., and 30 Goodrich St.
There was some discussion about listing the Pelzer Pool property with a real estate agent. The property is 1.75 acres and includes the pool, poolhouse. An alternative is to tear down the structure and fill in the pool area at an estimated cost of $25,000 to $50,000.
The town is also considering selling approximately 120.62 acres commonly known as the lagoon property.
Council went into executive session to discuss a proposal on the property made by David and Andy Roundtree.
Upon returning to open session, it was stated the property has been appraised for $360,000 and has timber that is approximately three years from being mature for cutting. The proposal was declined due to being too low.