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M’boro resident addresses water woes

MURFREESBORO – At the Murfreesboro Town Council meeting Tuesday, water development was a concern.

During public comments, Harold Tucker approached the board to ask if the town could have water piped out to a group of houses out on Vaughan’s Creek Road.

Tucker and his neighbors can not get water because the houses are out of the town limit. Currently the houses are on a well system.

“Four out of six houses have had problems on the road,” Tucker said. He also mentioned that a lot of the families have been experiencing bacteria problems with their well water.

Board Member Bill Theodorakis said the town pipes do not go out to the houses because they are in the county’s control.Tucker and others had previously gone to the county to pay their deposits. Applicants must pay 75 percent of the total cost. The county said it would not pipe the water because not enough people on the road signed up.

Theodorakis and Mayor Lynn Johnson recommended Tucker go to the Hertford County Commissioners to pursue the matter further. Johnson then appointed Town Administrator Molly Eubank, Gene Byrd of Public Works and Town Attorney Robert E. Lee to a committee, but said the committee would have to wait until after Tucker presented the issue to the county commissioners to see what they had to say.

In other business, a public hearing was held about a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program application. The public hearing was to receive public comment on the town’s CDBG needs. After going over the list of CDGB programs, Mike Barnette said he anticipated for the Community Revitalization competition in February 2007, which focuses on the revitalization of small low to moderate income neighborhoods. Barnette also said that the town could apply for other programs over the next year.

The only comment came from Walter Elliot who questioned if the program covered any future annexation of the city.

“The intent of the program is to provide for moderate to low income neighborhoods, not annexation,” Barnette said.

The board approved the permitting committee’s request that a time limit be put on zoning permits. A 60 day expiration would be put on a permit if no utilities or building fees were paid. Five days are allowed to get the zoning permit.A rezoning request for Right Move Realty LLC was scheduled for Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.

At the end of the meeting Mayor Johnson mentioned that it would be a year on Dec. 13 that the current town board had taken office. Johnson listed the work the board had done in the past year, including renovations on the Murfree Center, construction of the Holly Hill Road bridge and dam as well as the construction of a Boy Scout hut. She commended the board for their work over the year.