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Hillsville, Carroll sign off on water sharing agreement

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Town officials heralded a new era of cooperation with Carroll County just before approving a water sharing agreement between the two localities on Oct. 8.
Watching from the audience at Hillsville Town Council’s meeting last Monday, Supervisors Chairman Sam Dickson also promised that Carroll would develop a good relationship with the county seat.
Interim Town Manager Judy Bolt said officials had met with counterparts from Carroll County to discuss the water agreement.
“We will be needing to buy water from the county probably next spring during our upgrade to our water plant,” she said. “We’ll need to shut it down.
“We’re very agreeable on the price and the number of gallons that we needed.”

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Carroll County’s Public Service Authority already approved the water agreement with some blanks as to the cost per 1,000 gallons, amount of water per day and the limits on water in a month.
“The parties recognize that from time to time each may have a need to purchase water from the other in case of emergency, abnormal use or for various other reasons,” the draft agreement says.
“The parties recognize that an agreement permitting the parties to buy and sell water to each other will promote the public health, safety and welfare,” it goes on. “The parties wish to set for the terms under which the parties may purchase water from the other.”
The price and the gallons involved remain a matter of negotiation, so those were left blank in the document.
Carroll and Hillsville officials will try to give the other party at least 48 hours notice of the need for a water purchase, the agreement said. The two localities pledged to work together to have the proper metering in place in order to accurately bill the other.
“The parties recognize that their ability to provide water in response to a request from the other party may be limited in the event of severe pollution, drought, fire, flood, power failure, use of water to fight fire, earthquake or other catastrophe or act of God, and agree that in the event of such occurrence, the parties will work together to provide for the health, safety and welfare of their respective citizens and water customers,” the agreement says.
After meeting together, officials set the rate per 1,000 at $5.89 of up to 300,000 gallons per day, according to the document that council members considered last week. Amounts have been limited to less than six million gallons per month.
Town council approved the agreement unanimously.
Likewise, the Carroll PSA approved its end of the agreement when it met last Tuesday.
At that meeting, Dickson said he was happy about the agreement with Hillsville.
“That’s a good thing and that’s showing that we are progressing and able to work together for the betterment of the people, so we can supply what needs to be supplied at all times.”

Appreciation Awards
Also at the Oct. 8 meeting, Mayor Greg Crowder honored CVS Pharmacy for allowing the town to use the business’s parking lot as an emergency services headquarters during the Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show.
“These guys provide a real service,” the mayor said. “The town’s rented out on that street from top to bottom.”
It would be a lot tougher to get help to someone who had a heart attack, for example, without CVS dedicating that spot to the emergency crews, Crowder indicated. He handed store manager Tim Lineberry a wooden plaque.
Lineberry answered that having the authorities there helps the store too.
“We appreciate you guys,” he said and quipped: “There’s no better security for guarding a million dollars worth of drugs.”
Crowder then brought up Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Foundation President Elizabeth Huff in recognition of the transformation of the home of industrialist George L. Carter.
The mayor could remember when the home was in disrepair and didn’t smell so good, but the foundation has done an excellent job in restoring it. “It’s really top notch on that second floor.”
After Council Member David Young, a photographer, flew around Hillsville taking pictures from a helicopter, town officials decided to frame one of the Carter Home to present to the foundation.
“We just want to show our appreciation for you and we want to help you any way we can,” Crowder said, when presenting the large framed photo that showed the home from above.
A third appreciation not listed on the agenda involved Dickson, Crowder said.
Young also had taken a picture of the Carroll County Governmental Center from the air and the mayor presented that to the supervisors’ chairman.
“We also as a group want to welcome the county,” Crowder said. “It’s a little gift to show appreciation of our new relationship and you all working with us.”
“We intend to,” Dickson answered. “Gentlemen, on behalf of the county, we thank you very much and we look forward to a good relationship with each one of you. I know you all and I think we can do some good things for both sides.”