AUTRYVILLE — The Autryville Board of Commissioners had a limited agenda at its regular monthly meeting moved from the usual Tuesday night to Monday this week because of the runoff election.
During the meeting, members acted on a recommendation from the town’s engineer regarding the water line in the proposal from the state for the expansion of N.C. Hwy. 24. A vote to approve a budget amendment for fiscal year 2011-12 and a change in the monthly recycle day was also discussed.
The non-ending issues that go along with the widening of N.C. 24 again was the focus for Autryville commissioners. The state has proposed to replace the water line that runs along East Old Stage Road, Hunter View and Millie Lane. The option as proposed by the state would stop short about 300 feet within the town’s limits and it would be the town’s responsibility to complete the line to provide water to the customers at that end of town.
Mayor Pat Williams shared with the board the three options proposed by the state. Acting on the town’s engineer’s recommendation, Williams shared that option 3 was the one being ecommended.
“According to the engineer, this option would have the state replacing the existing 3-inch line with a 6-inch line. It would also be in the town’s best interest to request the state to extend the 6-inch line to complete the 300 feet that is not listed in the states proposal,” stressed the mayor.
Town clerk Diane Autry explained that even if the state did not approve the extension in this option, the town would need to do the work themselves while the state is completing what it plans to do either way.
“This will be the lowest price we can expect to get if we do the work if we have too. So we need to look into this so we can be ready when the state does its part,” asserted Commissioner Mickie Spell.
After examining the state prepared maps of the proposed option, the board approved the option and send it to the state for its adoption with the requested addition of the 300 foot extension in the water line.
The clerk then explained that due to non-budgeted costs of Christmas decorations to the town to replace stolen ones, a budget amendment to balance last year’s budget was needed. The board approved moving $1,204 from capital outlay to cover the decoration expense.
In one other action, the board approved moving the town’s recycling day from the first Thursday of each month to the first Wednesday of the month.
“Currently the town picks up the recycled items on a regular trash day which causes the trash that is put out on that Thursday to sit out until Monday’s pickup. In this heat, this has become a problem with odor and potential health hazards. By changing the recycle day to a Wednesday, regular trash pickup can continue on Thursday,” explained the mayor.
Trash is picked up on Monday and Thursday each week and now recycling will occur the first Wednesday of each month.
Williams reminded the board that Chamber Day would be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, July 24. Chamber director Janna Bass will be in town to speak with various business leaders during this time.