Calypso residents eligible for water, sewer services

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Low-income families can receive assistance with their water and sewer utilities, according to a federal program made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

During its January meeting, the Calypso board of commissioners listened to Sonia Guardado and Kristy Wagner from Duplin County Social Services (DCSS) present the program. They said in order for Calypso residents to participate, there would need to be a signed agreement.

Town attorney Joey Uzzell reviewed the contract and advised that everything appeared to be in order. He said either party could withdraw from the contract with a 30-day written notice.

The agreement was expected to be signed this week.

Board members asked fellow Commissioner Brandon Nunn to work with the Parks and Recreation Committee to review their bylaws and brain storm on a plan to better serve the citizens of Calypso. The board also asked the parks and rec department to provide monthly accounting of activities, funds, etc.

Commissioner Nunn shared some ideas, said he felt the goals could be met and will provide at report during the next meeting in February.

Mayor David Tyndall presented invoices to be paid one of which included expenditure to Cox & Edwards for a water outage on Albritton Street, which occurred on Christmas morning. The invoice brought up a temporary outage that occurred on Northwest Center Street and other complaints of low water pressure. 

A request will be made to public works department to flush the lines. 

The assistance of the fire department may be requested as well.

Several complaints were discussed one being the condition of First Street especially the north end.  Commissioner Marty Taylor will obtain three bids and present to the board. 

Other complaints consisted of trash and debris on the side of road and ditch on Albritton Street and a hole in the area of an old septic tank at another residence. The hole has been filled in.  

The last complaint was about speeders in town especially on Fourth Street. A representative from the Sheriff’s office will be asked to attend the February meeting. 

In other business:

• A new personnel committee was established. 

• Contacts for Duplin County Emergency Management mutual aid agreement were assigned. Mayor Tyndall will be primary contact, Commissioner Taylor will be alternant contact and Town Clerk Alice Dixon will be secondary alternant.

• The planning board has requested for the town board to have a public hearing to rezone two acres of property between Kornegay Street and Warren Street to residential. The Planning Board also requested to the board to have a public hearing for the revised zoning ordinance.  

• Both public hearings are Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.

• Personnel policy was reviewed and an amendment was made. Employees will now receive pay on Tuesday instead of Thursday.

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