Gamewell OKs budget with sewer increase

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 07:08 AM

Gamewell residents will see a 2 percent sewer rate increase starting July 1, when the rate will go up 25 cents per 1,000 gallons, making the minimum bill $21 a month, said Town Manager Mary Carter.

The increase is included in the budget for fiscal 2014-15, which the Gamewell Town Council unanimously approved Monday night, because the amount that the City of Lenoir charges Gamewell for treating its sewage is going up 2 percent.

The 2014-15 budget projects a total revenue and spending of $838,500. Last year's adopted budget projected revenue at $943,900, but revenue during the past year has fallen short of expectations, projected to come to only about $814,000 by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, and the town's spending is projected to come to only about $715,000.

"If we don't need to spend it, we don't," Carter said. "We really expected to have more money than we are going to spend."

Carter said that the town will spend approximately $95,000 on the parking lot addition at the Town of Gamewell Park by the end of the month. An additional $20,000 was added due to "the unforeseen nature of the land," Carter said. To the far side of the park, a gravel parking lot is under construction. Dead trees still need to be removed and 6 inches of gravel need to be placed. Carter said she expects the project to be completed by June 30.

The new parking lot will create 50 to 60 additional spaces, Carter said. She said that it is intended to keep people from parking on the sides of Old Morganton Road in front of the park. Originally, the side parking lot of Town Hall was supposed to serve as additional parking for the park, but no one used the spaces.