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Carlisle looks into sewer improvements, plans public hearing for February meeting


The Carlisle Town Council started off the new year with a quick meeting. The main topic was the sewer for the town.

Joe Coffman, the Carlisle water and sewer superintendent, spoke about why some of them needed to be replaced.

“It is time to replace a couple of pumps down at the south lift station,” Coffman said. He said along with replacing the pumps, there is going to be a few other minor upgrades.

The estimated cost is appraised at $18,251.

“They (the pumps) are over 15 years old,” Coffman said. “They are getting so old that the name tags are rotted off of them.”

The pumps will come with a one-year warranty, which is about standard for that part, Coffman explained.

“Well, I figure it is better to go ahead and replace them, than to wait until they quit,” Azalia Barfield, the council president, said.

All three board members, Clint Durall, Harold Hatfield and Barfield voted for the updates.

In other business:

• Suzan Ridgway, the clerk-treasurer, discussed a study on how the town would tax the sewer plant.

“We can actually transfer to the town in lieu of taxes,” Ridgway said. “It could go to the general fund ... we could use it for storm/sewer, roads match money and we could use it for anything we would normally spend with the general fund.”

The council members agreed this would help the town and signed a resolution.

“I think that is a pretty good move,” Durall said.

• Also discussed was re-establishing a fire fund.

The council will hold a public hearing on this returning tax at their next meeting on Feb. 5, but it would not go into effect until 2020.

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