Dec 06, 2017
December 2017 Newsletter
A Message From the Manager
Hello good citizens,
Hope all is well with you during the holiday season thus far. In this time of giving thanks I would like to thank you for your support of what we do at the City of Mount Holly on a daily basis.
This month's message involves the ongoing waste water treatment project for the City of Mount Holly. Some you might recall that on multiple occasions in the past I have written stories in the city's newsletter about the mentioned project. Those stories entailed the components of the project and implications from other sources such as state mandated requirements placed on the City of Mount Holly.
Today I would like to update you on the matter of waste water treatment for Mount Holly. The mentioned project has been under review for well over a decade. The City started its review of about seven (7) different options, which included but not limited to partnering with other jurisdictions such as the City of Charlotte, City of Gastonia, renovations of the city's existing plant, etc.
In the more recent times the City has focused on just two options for obvious economic and practical reasons. The two options are maintaining waste water treatment operations in Mount Holly or partner with the City of Charlotte. This focus has taken a number of years as well, due to its complexity and other regulatory constraints.
There are four (4) primary components involving the project, which are technical, financial, legal and management. All of the components have been reviewed and assessed to a high degree by the City Council, Utilities Committee, City Attorney, City Staff and some consultation from other professionals outside of the City of Mount Holly. It's fair to say that the matter has been fully vetted to reach a conclusion.
The City Council recently has held two Special Meetings (October and November) devoted to discussing the waste water treatment options solely. After much review and due diligence the City Council voted to choose partnering with the City of Charlotte as the option for the City of Mount Holly to treat its waste water in the near future.
The cost/benefit analysis of the two options indicated that the City of Mount Holly would be much better served to partner with Charlotte. The analysis involved such things as the age of our existing plant, cost of renovating an aging plant and meeting certain state regulations, capacity limitations of the existing plant, added costs for the city to borrow money to address certain construction needs, impact on customer rates, long term maintenance costs, current discharge permit with the State that is in violation due to a mandate imposed on the City for removal of certain nutrients from waste water before discharging into the river, etc.
Given the above it appears that the burden on our citizens is reduced by partnering with the City of Charlotte. Please be advised that the option of partnering with the City of Charlotte is not complete until such time that both parties can agree on all of the necessary terms which are captured in a formal agreement and would have to be executed by both parties by virtue of signatures from the appropriate authorities.
I would like to thank the City Council, Utilities Committee, City Staff (Utilities and Finance Departments), City Attorney's Office and the City Management for all of the hard work that was devoted to reaching a conclusion to a very significant and complicated project.
I would like to thank the citizens of Mount Holly in advance for being patient and understanding of the challenges ahead for us to bring the matter to fruition, all in the name of the best interest for the public that we serve. Please know that there are more details to the matter outlined above but too many to put into this newsletter.
If any of you have questions regarding the matter of waste water treatment please feel free to contact the City of Mount Holly. We will do our best to answer questions based upon the available information.
Here's wishing all of you a safe and happy holiday season ahead.
Danny Jackson, City Manager
The Mount Holly Community Garden will hold its' annual "Christmas Enchantment In The Garden" Friday evening, December 8th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. All 52 garden beds will be decorated for the season. Festive lights will fill the garden. Hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Live music will be performed by many talented local performers. Santa will make and appearance. This is a free and fun event for the whole family. The Mount Holly Community Garden is located at 126 North Main Street, downtown Mount Holly.
City Hall will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday December 25th, 26th and 27th for the Christmas Holiday and Monday, January 1st for the New Years Holiday. Payments can be made 24 hours a day/7 days a week by leaving a check in the drop box located in front of the Police Department. Please do not leave cash in the drop box.
Santa Claus is Coming to the Municipal Complex Once again this year Santa will be visiting the Municipal Complex on the following dates from 2:00-5:00pm:
- Thursday, December 7th
- Friday, December 8th
- Thursday, December 14th
- Friday, December 15th
Santa will be located in the Grand Hall in front of the Christmas Tree. Bring your children and your cameras and help spread the Holiday Cheer in Mount Holly.
PARKS AND RECREATION
The Sole Patrol, a senior citizen activity group, is looking for new members. The Patrol meets Monday-Friday from 830-11am at the Tuckaseege Community Center.
The Mount Holly Fitness Center is looking for new members. The Fitness Center is located at the Tuckaseege Community Center, and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm.
Adults looking to try out Gatorball, come on out to the Tuckaseege Park softball field and give it a shot. Pick-up Gatorball will be held December 2, 9, 16 at 9am.
Zumba classes are now being held at the Tuckaseege Community Center on Wednesdays from 630-730pm. For more information on the class please contact the instructor email@example.com
Coming in January- Registration for spring sports( Soccer, Baseball, and Girls' Volleyball), also Shag and adult computer classes will begin.
For more information about Mount Holly Parks & Recreation please call 704-951-3024 for Athletics or 704-951-3006 or check the website www.mtholly.us.