ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (April 17, 2019) – The Alexander County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. for their second regular meeting in April. Items that were discussed include the emergency water connection with EnergyUnited Water Corporation, a wastewater treatment plant feasibility study, the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Day, the move-in schedule for the new Alexander County Services Center, and more.
• Rod Watts, General Manager for EnergyUnited Water Corporation, reported that work is almost complete on the emergency water connection located on Millersville Road. He noted that the water connection will serve as a backup water supply for Alexander County or for EnergyUnited if the need arises. Watts indicated the connection only provides a partial backup, but provides an opportunity for more interconnections in the future. EnergyUnited is paying for all construction and maintenance costs associated with the water line. Watts said that the county and EnergyUnited Water Corporation have worked well together to provide water for many county residents and businesses.
• Chris Rosenboom with McKim & Creed, Inc. presented an update on a wastewater treatment plant feasibility study for Alexander County. The study, which began in fall 2018, is still in its early stages. Rosenboom said they have been examining parcels on which a wastewater plant could be constructed, mainly in the Bethlehem area. County Manager Rick French said the board will receive another update in a couple of months as the study progresses.
• Alexander County Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the county administration parking lot at 621 Liledoun Road in Taylorsville. The event, which also includes document destruction (shredding), is for Alexander County residents only.
• Commissioners appointed five people to the Alexander County Historic Preservation Committee. The five-member committee includes Betty Long, Helen Anthony Chestnut, Lee Sharpe, Nancy Coley, and Commissioner Larry Yoder. Read more about the Historic Preservation Ordinance.
• County Manager French presented a brief update on the new Alexander County Services Center, located at 151 West Main Avenue in downtown Taylorsville. The building will accommodate all departments that were formerly at the old Wittenburg School, as well as others. To date, the following departments have moved: Parks & Recreation, Soil & Water, Cooperative Extension, Planning, Building Inspections, and Environmental Health. On May 2nd, the Tax Office will move into the building. The Register of Deeds office is scheduled to move later in May. By early June, all departments will be moved in to the building.
• Chairman Jeff Peal noted that a public hearing has been scheduled for the May 6th meeting to discuss the consolidated human services board. He said that speakers will be limited to five minutes each, with no discussion of personnel information allowed.
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in room #103 at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education. The next meeting is Monday, May 6. Meetings are recorded, and can be viewed on the county’s Government Channel on Spectrum channel 192 or on the county’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/alexandercountync. Meeting agendas, minutes, videos, and more are available on the county’s website at www.alexandercountync.gov/commissioners.