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The Perquimans weekly. (Hertford, Perquimans Co., N.C.) 1934-current, June 29, 1978, Image 1

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NEW ADDITION - Shown is one of several new additions throughout the county in connection with the new water system which has started operation. The tank above is at the BetM location along with the treat ment plant. Two similar tanks and three wells are also included in the project (Staff photo by Kathy M. Newbern) . F mH A announces y 'J. y- - - W--i. . ? new New insulation standards for hous ing in rural areas financed by the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) will be put into effect ac cording to an announcement by Melvin E. Howell, County Supervisor. Implementation of the standards, first scheduled for March 15, had been held up during federal court consideration of a suit by the Na tional Association of Home Build ders challenging the new code. After FmHA prepared additional en vironmental material and a further hearing on the proposal was held, U.S. District Judge Goerge L. Hart Jr., dissolved a preliminary injunc tion. While certain aspects of the lawsuit remain to be resolved, the new insulation standards can now be implemented. The new thermal standards are designed to provide for heavier bl sulation and other measures to make FmHA-financed housing 1ms costly to heat or cool, and to con serve energy. They will apply to newly-built homes and apartments being purchased or repaired with FmHA loans. Better weatherhing through more effective insulation, storm doors and windows and other techniques will help families reduce high fuel and energy expenses that jeopardize their ability to afford adequate housing. Housing loans ad ministered by FmHA, a U.S. Depart ment of Agriculture Agency, serve all rural areas including towns of up to 10,000, and designated towns of 10,00 to 20,000 that are not in Stan dard Metropolitan Statistical (SMSA) Areas and have a shortage of mortgage credit for families of low and moderate income. CONVENTION Nowen (left) a Perquimang IJI the Stat* Democratic appear to be in deep " ing the Saturdayi five alternates beard from Governor Jim Hunt, keynote speaker, and *tate Democrat! e Democrats during convention presided ?we, Secretary of efcQtNQF of Betsk W ater system billing to begin By KATHY M. NEWBERN Phase I of the Perquimans County water system is nearing completion and residents in the Bethel, New Hope, and Belvidere sections of the county are using the new water. Phase I is expected to be com pleted according to County Commis sioner Chairman Lester Simpson, within the next 60 days and will in clude some additional water lines in outlaying sections of the county. The second phase of the project will begin when the first phase is finished. Simpson said that will in clude additional water lines where feasible and funding for Phase II is still being sought. Melvin E. Howell, FmHA County Supervisor who has served as an ad visor during the project, said he con siders Phase I to be 90-95 percent complete and added, "I don't see any problem in funding Phase II. It's just a matter of time." He explained that grants, loans, and other resources will be tapped for the pro ject's continuation. The total cost for the water system project came to $3,700,000. Sources for those funds were $1,870,000 in FmHA bonds which have been sold and purchased by FmHA at five per cent, a $1,500,000 loan, and $330,000 in State Clean Water Bonds. The local FmHA office has assisted in the project by providing a survey and map plotting of county users and collection of sign-on fees. In addition, the office has helped in organizing and supervising the pro ject often obtaining information from Chowan County, the first in the state to initiate its own county water system. Now that the local system has begun operation, officials are ready to begin billing. Howell said, "It ap pears that it will work as planned. I don't foresee any tax money having to be used." The Perquimans County Tax Department will be handling billing for the system, a new permanent responsibility. Keith Haskett, Tax Supervisor, explained that billing will take place four weeks of the month, with one section being billed each week. An IBM Systems 32 com puter has been added to handle the water billing for other county uses. The scale for payment is: first 2,000 gallons ? $7 per thousand (the minimum bill), next 3,000 gallons ? $1.50 per thousand, and all over 5,000 gallons ? $1 per thousand. Haskett explained that the average customer will probably use between 5,000 and 7,000 gallons of water each month making the average bill around $10-$11. He estimates 1700 consumers will be in cluded in the first billing. The initial billing will go out in Ju ly for the remaining amount of deposit. The sign-on fee was $25 of which consumers payed a $10 deposit, therefore they will be receiving a bill for the $15 balance. The first bill for usage will be sent in August. Meter reading begins next week with a second reading to be taken a month later. Therefore, residents will be using the water free of charge from the time of cut-on to the first reading. All county residents who signed up for water and have a meter will be billed. If consumers have changed their minds, they will still receive a bill for the minimum fee even if no water has been used. However, anyone who has a meter taken out and decides later that service is wanted, will have to pay the same as a new turn-on customer, $250. Plans are also to charge a renter's deposit of $25. The reasoning, Howell explained, is due to the possibility of renters leaving town without paying their water bill. Also, he added, other utilities require such a deposit. The water system includes three wells, one each in Bethel, New Hope, and Belvidere; and a water treat ment plant at Bethel which removes iron, hardness and some sulfur from the water. All of these have been completed with co?t of the wells totaling $41,760 and i >tal cost for the three tanks being 1240,000. The system is tapped on to the ex isting systems for the towns of Hert ford and Winfall, and Chowan and Gates counties, for emergency reasons. However, the two town systems will continue to remain separate handling their own supply and billing. The project, started in January, 1977, was originally planned for completion by the spring of this year. A few changes and unan ticipated orders set that date back some, however, officials consider the time range for the system to "still be good." No problems have been occurred, and upon completion of the system and inspection by engineers, the Perquimans County Board of Commissioners must then accept the project, action con sidered only a formality. Woman injured in local shooting Barbara Simmons, 32, of Grandy, N.C. remains in critical condition in Norfolk General Hospital as the result of a shooting incident Sunday afternoon in Hertford. Hertford Police Chief Marshall Merritt identified the man charged in the shooting as Cleon Tillett Harvey, 46, also of Grandy. Merritt explained that Patrolman Robert L. Harvey arrested Cleon Harvey at 106 W. Grate -Street, Hertford, the residence of Mrs. Ora Hendrix, where the shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Cleon Harvey was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious bodily injuries. Merritt said Cleon Harvey was ar rested at the scene with a 32-calibre .pistol in his possession from which three shots had been fired. One round struck the Simmons woman in the side of the head and was removed i Monday at Norfolk General Hoipitii. Merritt said, according to witnesses, Cleon Harvey came to Hertford looking for the Simmons woman and found her in a car with two men. Witnesses told the local police that Cleon Harvey fired a 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun at the car, one blast missed and the other hit the back window. Also found in the alledged suspect's car was a 16 gauge shotgun putting the number of confiscated weapons at three. Witnesses further explained that the Simmons woman fled to the nearby house and rushed into the kit chen, pushing Mrs. Kefidrix aside. Cleon Harvey allegedly followed the Simmons woman into the kitchen. Three shots were heard. Patrolman Harvey was in the im mediate area and arrested Cleon Harvey coming out of the house. Chief Merritt said the suspect made a statement and that the two men are still being questioned. Harvey remains in Tri-County Jail under $10,000 bond. Merritt reported that additional charges were brought against Cleon Harvey by John Lee Bishop, brother-in-law of the. victim, and driver of the car Harvey allegedly shot at. Those warrants charged Harvey with assault by pointing a gun and malicious damage to per sonal property. Schools begin summer programs Monday marked the beginning of several summer programs offered by Perquimans County Schools ac cording to Superintendent Pat HarrelL At that time the summer migrant program got underway at Hertford Grammar School. That program is open to children whose parents are engaged in agriculture, fisheries or related occupations. Harrell said about 50 students are involved in summer instruction in that program in the areas of math, physical educa tion, reading, and music & art. A remedial instruction program also began Monday at the Per quimans High Central Skills Lab under the direction of Alice Winslow and two aides. That program is a continuation of regular school term instruction and is designed for Library grant increased The North Carolina State Library will award $17,089 to the Pettigrew Regional Library for its Perquimans County "Serving the Unserved" pro ject. This amount is $1500 more than originally awarded to the project and will enable it to run until June 30,1979. The announcement came in a let ter to Pettigrew library Director Jay Wozny from North Carolina Assistant State librarian Marian Leith. The Perquimans project will em phasize outreach visits by library staff to rural families explaining library services available to them. Plans have also been made to establish eight "mini-libraries" at stores throughout the county. These libraries will consist of about 200 Life loss estimated The N.C. State Motor Club has estimated that 17 persons will lose their lives in traffic accidents on N.C. highways over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. "Historically the July Fourth holiday has been one of tragedy on oar highways," motor dub presi dent Roth R. Threatt said, "but we are hopeful this year will be safer . The state will count its toll over a 102-hour period from I p.m. Friday, June 90, to midnight Tuesday. July 1 Last year 17 fatalities occurred paperback titles each and will con tain a variety of books suitable for all age groups. Other services in cluded in the project include home bound library service, library pro frams to area rest homes, and in brary story hours. County Librarian Wayne Henritze and Jay Wozny expressed their ap preciation for the grant increase and plan to offer this service throughout the four-county Pettigrew Region if the project is successful in Per quimans County. students needing remedial instruc tion in mathematics and language arts. Another remedial program for the summer began at Perquimans Union School for 7th and 8th grade students. That program last three hours daily for five weeks ac cumulating 75 hours of instruction. Emma Lawrence heads that pro gram which is funded with monies from the Community Based Alter natives program. Funds from the same source are also being used this summer for a vocational education program at Perquimans High School. Unlike most of the other summer pro grams, the vocational instruction is for additional enrichment, not remedial in nature. Instructor is Alonzo Joyner. RAPIDLY PROGRESSING - Above, workers at the lite of the ARPDC-Perquimans County office building, bring the roadside mar quee near completion. Bob Whitley, ARPDC's Executive Director, said the architect met this week with coo tractor* and snb-coDtractors on the * -*?? project. He foresees the moving date into the new facility to be shout two months off. (Staff photo by Kathy M. Newbern) * %

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