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KINGS MOUNTAIN MIRROR
VOL. 88 NO. 96
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1977
City Searching For Firm Fuel Rate
Commissioners Norman King,
William Grissom and Humes
.Houston will head a special com-
mittee appointed this week to design
a firm rate on fuel cost adjustments
on monthly power bills.
Mayor John Moss said Monday
night the committee will work with
William Little Jr., engineer with
Grover’s water improvements
system is now 100 percent complete
and in operation.
Town Council at a called meeting
Tuesday night received final reports
from Harris Construction Company
of Charlotte, general contractors,
and John A. Edwards and Co.,
engineers, of Raleigh.
Because the original contract
completion date called for deadline
of Aug. 28 and the contractor was 28
days late in completion, the board
voted to assess him with the added
cost due the engineering firm, at
total amount of $1285.84.
The town had let bids for extension
drilling of a new well, in March.
Members of the new ad-
ministration will take the oath of
office Monday night at 6:80 p. m. at
the Town Hall, with a new member,
Harold Herndon, to be sworn along
with Mayor W. W. McCarter, re-
elected in the recent election along
with Council members Martha
Byers and Tommy Keeter.
Southeastern Consultant Engineers.
Wednesday the mayor said City
Clerk Joe H. McDaniel has also been
appointed to the committee and by
early next week two business per-
sons and one private homeowning
citizen will also be named to the
After Jan. 1,1978
“I have sent a memo to Com-
missioner King, who will chair this
committee, to begin planning
meetings and public hearings with
residents to gather input and ideas
on devising a firm fuel adjustment
Special Permits Ordered
"On Insulation Installation
After Jan. 1, 1978 licenses or
perniits must be obtained before
insulation and other energy con-
servation materials can be installed.
Monday night the city com-
2 missioners adopted an ordinance
suggested by the N. C. League of
Municipalities for enforcement of
insulation standards which spells
out who must obtain a permit and
who is exempt from this stipulation.
A fee for such licenses or permits
will be set by the city during one of
the December meetings, City Codes
Director Al Moretz told the board
Monday night that he will need more
time to study the matter before
recommending a fee.
“An extra inspection will be
required under this new law,”
Moretz said, ‘‘so we can't set the fee
according to general inspection fee
The new law states that no person,
firm or corporation can install, alter
or restore insulation or other energy
saving materials without obtaining a
special insulation and energy
utilization permit from the city
building code inspector for each
item of work.
The materials used and work done
must comply with state bullding
The following are not required to
obtain permits for energy saving
(1) An owner working on his own
(2) An installer working under the
supervision of a registered architect
or professional engineer, when the
work is being done under a general
(8) A contractor licensed to do the
proposed work under Chapter 87 of
the General Statutes, when the work
is being done under a general
In other action Monday, com-
missioners accepted rezoning
requests from Hal Plonk, W. 8.
Fulton and Paul and Lillian Mauney,
then voted to submit the requests to
the city zoning and planning board.
Plonk, serving as agent for the J.
O. and C. 8. Plonk heirs, requested
that 80.541 acres adjacent to Ashley
Park west of the city be rezoned
from R-20 to R-10 for the purpose of
establishing a residential sub-
Plonk also submitted a request, on
behalf of the heirs, that ap-
proximately 10 acres adjacent to
Ashley Park be annexed into the city
limits. The board voted to accept the
request and to set a date for a public
hearing on the matter.
Fulton requested the board to
rezone approximately six acres of
property east of N. C. 161 and north
of Ridge St. from R-8 to R-6.
The Mauney request was to rezone
26.77 acres from R-8 to L. I. The
property is located on the north side
of U. 8. 74 at Canterbury Rd. in.
tersection near the proposed Hwy. 74
All three requests are on the
agenda for the Thurs., Dec. 16
zoning and planning board meeting
at city hall.
— Approved advertisement for
bids on construction of a two-million
gallon water storage facility on
Cleveland Ave. at the northern city
— Approved an amendment to the
city’s affirmative action plan to
comply with HUD requirements
7:30 At City Hall
First CD Public
Hearing Is Tonight
Citizens are urged to attend the
first Community Development
Block Grant public hearing tonight
at 7:80 at city hall.
At this, the first of two scheduled
public hearings, program ap-
plications for the fourth-year CD
funds will be outlined. New
programs which might qualify
The fourth year funds total
$608,000, most of which is already
earmarked for continuing com-
munity improvement projects.
The second public hearing is
Thurs., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p. m. at city
HUD guidelines are
rate,” Mayor Moss said.
The fuel cost adjustment is an
added cost to the consumer above
and beyond the cost for kilowatt
hours of electrical power used
during a single billing period. The
extra cost is passed from Duke
Power to the city and from there on
to the local consumers.
‘“The fuel adjustment cost is never
the same from month to month,” the
mayor said. ‘What this committee
hopefully will do is bring back to the
board a workable rate schedule,
lower than the Duke charge, so
customers will know what the cost
Photo By Tom McIntyre
EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE — Tuesday the annual Kings
Mountain Christmas parade wound its way around the Central Business
District and across the bridge. Below, as you can see, not only people but
animals, too, are avid parade watchers. Close to 80 units rolled as
literally thousands of people braved the cold to watch. Additional parade
photos are on page 6A.
Photo By Gary Stewart
will be each month.
‘“We can’t expect Kings Mountain
to be the deciding factor in helping
the State Utilities Commission take
action,” Mayor Moss said, ‘but we
could be the reason for other com-
munities across the state to take
To Pay $500
The City of Kings Mountain is
being assessed $600, a civil penalty,
by the N. C. Department of Natural
Resources and Community
Development for inadequacies in
wastewater treatment programs.
W. E. Knight, director of Division
of Environmental Management of
the state agency, sent a registered
letter to Mayor John Moss on Nov. 17
informing him of the civil penalty.
The letter also states that the city
has three courses of action in the
matter: pay the penalty; submit a
written request’ for remissicr or
mitigation, including a detailsd
Justification for such a request; or
submit a written request for a for-
mal administrative hearing.
A course of action, according to
Knight's letter, must be taken within
80-days following the receipt of the
notice in Kings Mountain or an
additional civil penalty of $60 per
day after 80 days will be assessed.
The civil penalty stems from the
factthe city has failed to abide by its
plan to construct and operate
wastewater treatment facilities at
the Ellison Water Treatment Plant.
The N. C. Environmental
Management Commission issued
Kings Mountain a permit for con-
struction and operation on Feb. 285,
1976. The permit was to become void
unless the proposed treatment
facilities had been constructed and
were in operation by June 1, 1977.
In his letter concerning in-
vestigative findings and decisions,
Knight pointed out that in late 1976
the staff of the Western Field Office
of the N. C. EMC inquired into why
construction had not begun on the
proposed treatment facilities and
was told by the city that bids on the
facility ‘‘were beyond the city's
financial capabilities.”” On May 11,
1977 the Western Field Office asked
for more information on the city’s
attempt to develop the treatment
facilities by June 1. Knight said
there was no response to this request ‘
and by Sept. 28, 1977, the WFO in.
formed his department that con-
struction still had not begun on the
Knight's investigation also reveals
the city is dumping raw untreated
wastewater into Buffalo Creek
without a permit. Buffalo Creek is
rated A-11 by the state.
Hodges Will Speak
At Meeting Here
Luther Hodges Jr. of Rockingham
County speaks today at the joint
meeting of the Kings Mountain
Kiwanis and Rotary clubs at the KM
Hodges resigned his position as
chairman of the board of North
Carolina National Bank in June to
become a Democratic candidate for
the U. 8S. Senate in the 1978 primary.
The joint meeting is scheduled to
begin at noon with lunch, a business
session and the talk by Hodges.