By Joy Warren
During the Tuesday evening White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting, Brian Cox (pictured above) with Engineering Services provided updates for Phase I & II of the Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project. Phase 1 paving and project completion is expected by the end of September. Phase II estimated date for beginning construction is November.
Dr. Diane Lauritsen provided the Commissioners with the monthly report indicating the lake level is at 64.5 feet, which matches July as well as last year at this time. Field measurements indicate that lake conditions this summer are comparable to what has been seen in the past three years. A proposal for a pilot project, to be located along the southwestern shoreline, was submitted to the Science Advisory Group last month. It is unlikely that the group will support testing the product in the lake, as there is no toxicology data available for it. Steve Bunn has been mapping the no wake poles and buoys in the lake and their associated depths. A proposal would be made to move some of the poles so that all are at a consistent depth, which could protect the lake bottom. Poles would be replaced by buoys, and the cost of the project would need to be covered by State Parks and/or donations.
Terri Hawley with White Lake Clarity Campaign was scheduled to address the Board, but she will be meeting with Town Manager Sean Martin to address responses to questions from her presentation at the August meeting.
William Stafford addressed the Commissioners announcing his retirement. He thanked the Mayor and Board members for the opportunity to work for the Town for 29 years. He invited them to a drop-in on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Rondaveu Pizzeria. Mayor Goldston Womble expressed the Town’s appreciation for his many years of service and the vast knowledge he has shared through his work with the Sewer, Wastewater and Public Works Department.
In other administrative matters, the Board approved August Utility Releases ($2,282.55); adopted 2021 Charge to collect taxes as presented ($747,867.40); approved amendment to contract for Tetra Tech; and awarded Phase II Sanitary Sewer Project contract to Carolina Civil.
The meeting was adjourned to Closed Session.