HENDERSONVILLE CITY HALL
In their August meeting Thursday night, Hendersonville City Council imposed a limit on so-called “system development fees” charged to new users on the city water and sewer system.
With two council members and the mayor up for re-election this year…and with the mayor facing two challengers and a total of eight candidates running for two available council seats…city council capped the system development fee at $10,000 for new commercial water users, and $19,460 for new commercial sewer users. Fees ranging as high as $284,000 for a new car wash in town had drawn complaints from citizens and businesses…and has become a major campaign issue this year. City Manager John Connet indicated other changes in the fees will be considered with city council on an individual basis and more changes can be expected in the near future.
City Council also agreed Thursday night to chip in $1500 to help pay for repairs to the old McClintock Clock on an old bank building on Main Street. Mark Ray of Dad’s Collectibles is spearheading an effort to raise $5000 needed to repair the old clock and get it running again. The $1500 contributed by the city will allow parts to be ordered for the repairs.