Town officials to take another crack at lifting moratorium

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State official Robert Tankard said no additional sewage flow had been requested on a recently-submitted Special Order of Consent (SOC) from Mount Olive town officials.

Interim Town Manager Jammie Royall had been under the impression that the SOC sought additional sewage flow of 150,000 to 200,000 gallons per day.

Royall said he plans to meet with state environmental control authorities to get more specifics and direction on exactly what is needed to get the state-mandated moratorium lifted on the town’s wastewater treatment plan. He said that he, Mayor Ken Talton and two members of the town board hope to meet sometime this week with Tankard.

“We all want to have a clear understanding of exactly what we are looking at with the special order of consent and how to get the moratorium lifted,” Royall said.

At this time, there are no plans to seek any additional flow, he added.

The latest development halts the chances of providing new sewer services for an apartment complex on North Breazeale Avenue. A Jacksonville developer wants to build a 72-unit complex, but could not receive a guarantee from the town for an additional 80,000 gallons of sewer capacity per day.

Royall said he had been in contact with the developer, but is certain he got the same information from the state that the town got.

“I have not had any contact with him since,” Royall said. “We are interested now in the moratorium and what we need to do to get off of it.”

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