Hearing Set on Animal Tethering Rule
The resolution on animal tethering will go to a public hearing during council’s March 3 evening session. City Attorney Tom McCormick had said earlier that the ordinance did not need a public hearing, but yesterday he said, “these kinds of issues get a lot of attention.” Meeker proposed groups such as the Wake County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) along with others be formally notified.
Tiered Water Conservation Rate Presented
Alexis Warmath of Raftelis Financial Consultant, Inc. gave council an interim report on on the tiered water rates plan. The tiered rates will go into affect on December 1. Under the current plan, only residential customers will be charged on the tiered rate plan. Commercial customers, which include restaurants but also apartment buildings, will be charged the flat rate.
Warmath said that more than 60 percent of water usage comes from residential customers, so that group presents the best possibility for water conservation. See Warmath’s presentation to council below.
Warmath commended Raleigh and Garner on their public awareness and conservation efforts achieved two years ago during the drought. He said the Tiered Water Conservation Rate Structure (TWCRS) “will allow improvement, but it’s going to be a multi-year process.” The first set of preliminary rates suggested by Utilities Department along with Raftelis will be brought to Council for review in early March.
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