For writer, 2010 was a year of travel, triumph
It’s that time again - the week after Christmas when all the gifts have been opened and all of the leftovers have been eaten. And somewhere between the visit from Santa Claus and the New Year’s Eve fireworks, I always seem to get a bit nostalgic as I look back and take stock of all the events that have unfolded over the past twelve months. It seems that for me, 2010 has been a year of extremes.
When things were good, they were wonderful. And when they were bad, they were nightmarish. Think Chilean miners and Gulf oil spill. Think Wikileaks, Tiger Woods, mid term elections, and home foreclosures. Think Haitian earthquake and the Winter Olympics. And while all of these events leave their imprint on the collective consciousness of our culture, it is surely the things that happen right here in our own backyard that shape our lives in the indelible way that leaves us changed, for better or worse.
Faces of 2010- Happy New Year!
Board closes out year with fees, grant
Ongoing water issues and youth outreach were the two Christmas gifts waiting for the Board of Aldermen when they met on Tuesday, Dec. 21.
After approving the minutes from two previous meetings, the board discussed a policy on sprinklers and water disconnections.
Mayor Chuck Cariker said that town officials had been asked if customers could disconnect meters at their homes and with their sprinkler systems during the winter. Cariker said the town charges a $50 reconnect fee in situations when the water has been turned off for nonpayment.
Alderman Eloise Carson asked if customers paid a fee for disconnecting service and reconnecting it.
Water bubbles to top of special session
A public hearing set for January 6 has been postponed for at least 180 days in the wake of a special session called by Mayor Chuck Cariker.
On Thursday, December 16, Cariker told aldermen Eloise Carson Jack Graves, Charley Knabb and Edward Hunsucker that he felt there were issues that needed to be cleared up before going forward with the town’s water facilities plan.
“I just want to say this is not my plan,” Cariker said, explaining that his role as mayor is to carry on the day to day operations and advise the board. “I’m not trying to force anything on anybody.”
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