Town could face sewage-spill fines

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The town of Mount Olive could face sewage-spill fines due to issues with its wastewater treatment plant.

Three periods of heavy rainfall within a two-week period resulted in nearly one-quarter of a million gallons of raw sewage dumped into the nearby headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River.

Spills have plagued the town for the past five years.

Mount Olive faces possible fines of $2,000 for each recent spill.

“They are probably going to start fining us, but I don’t think it is going to be as bad as I originally thought it would,” said Jammie Royall, town manager.

Mayor Ken Talton, Royall and plant supervisor Glenn Holland were scheduled to meet with state authorities at the state regional office in Washington.

Royall seeks state assistance on how the town can get a state-mandated moratorium lifted by fixing the plant’s problems. Funding is needed to offset a $2 million shortfall to complete the project.

Holland has examined every issue and written some detailed recommendations that could work.

“I think what Holland has come up with is something that will help us in where we are trying to go,” Royall said. “We want to sit down with state officials and go over all this and see what their feelings are. We know we don’t have enough money to fix all the problems, but maybe they will be able to give us some direction on what is needed most.”

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