The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 3, 2013

Speed will not receive county sewer line

By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Residents in the the Town of Speed will have to continue using their own septic tanks.

Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night during its regular scheduled meeting to withdraw its N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund loan application for installing sanitary sewer line in Speed.

Speed and the adjacent area where the sewer line were going to be place is sparsely populated. Carmon said the population doesn't justify the cost of project. "The monthly service cost per customer is estimated at $75 to $100 per month to pay the loan debt," he said. "I don't think that we could get anyone to sign up to pay a $75 to $100 sewer bill."

The sewer bill would have been an addition to the water bill that the customers are currently paying. Speed is in Edgecombe County Water District 4.

Edgecombe County has reached it goal, that set many years ago, of providing a county-wide water system. County officials are now looking for means to provide sewage service.

Carmon told the board that as of Monday the county has not been able to obtain grant funding for the project.

On another issue, the board approved the bids of three additional properties that the county has obtained through foreclosure. A bid of 7,379 was placed on a one-acre lot on Porter Street in Whitaker. The tax value of the property is $18,239.  

A business bid $3,307 on a one-acre lot on Rose Street. That property is valued at $39,100 and another one-acre lot on Martin Luther King Drive in Tarboro that has a tax value of $36,000. A $2,400 bid has been placed on it. The bid will be advertised in The Daily Southerner. Upset bids can be made at the Edgecombe County Planning Board office. If the bid is upset, the property will be advertised again in the newspaper with the new bid.

Removing foreclosed property off the county books and putting them back into the hands of taxpayers has been a high priority for the county. On Thursday, the county auctioned two dozen properties at the courthouse. Carmon said about 20 people showed up for the occasion.

"It's working out pretty good for us," Carmon said about selling and auctioning property.

Other actions taking by the board included:

• Revoking Med 1's permit to operate in the county. Med 1 had been operating in the county as a backup to Edgecombe County Rescue. Carmon said he has not been able to get in contact with the owner for several months.

• Requested a public hearing to receive input on from N.C. Wildlife Commission concerning combining the trapping season for foxes and coyotes.