Local leaders are considering charging people an extra fee to reactivate water and sewer lines that have been dormant for more than 12 months.
"We're talking about the ones that have been sitting there for a while," said City Administrator Bob Flanders during the July 20 Water and Sewer Commission meeting.
Currently, there is no charge for the service, Mr. Flanders said.
But reconnecting the lines often requires extra work from employees, including unplugging lines and upgrading meters.
The $200 charge on water lines will help defer the $96 cost for the new touch-read meters used throughout the county, officials said. The meters save workers time by allowing them to "read" the meters with digital wands.
Also on the July 20 agenda, water and sewer commission members OK'd the extension of water lines along Wrens Highway and Dallas Drive. Mr. Flanders said the combined $38,000 price tag for the two projects will come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proceeds.
The Wrens Highway project, officials said, would extend sewer lines to the offices of Jefferson Electric, which are currently being renovated. The Dallas Drive project is aimed at providing sewer to a new development near White Columns.
Meanwhile, Community Development Block Grant dollars are being used to pay for various improvement projects in the Pitts Street area. The $222,404.77 project will improve sewer lines along Salem Road and Dell Drive and upgrade water lines on Carroll Street and North Avenue.
As part of the project, local officials must put up $38,582 in matching funds. But they think it is certainly worth it to continue a long-term effort to improve water lines throughout the area.
"This is just an opportunity to get water to help us out a little bit," Mr. Flanders said.