AT THURSDAY NIGHT'S OCTOBER CITY COUNCIL MEETING...
Citing what the operational and maintenance costs would be in a renovated very old building, Wingate University has bowed out of a proposal to convert the 1915 Grey’s Hosiery Mill Building on Grove Street into a new local campus for the university. That was confirmed by the developer for Hendersonville city council at their monthly meeting Thursday night…and puts city officials right back where they’ve been now for well over a decade…without a clue what to do with that dilapidated old building on the block next to the 1995 courthouse. The last big plan for that city-owned property saw thousands of public and private dollars disappear down a rat hole after the proposed Old Mill performing arts and civic center failed to catch on almost a decade ago.
Hendersonville city council learned Thursday night that almost $4 million in repair work needs to be done on city owned roads and streets. A consultant hired by the city says that almost half, more than 40 per cent, of the city’s roadways, are in poor or very poor condition. Also…much repair work is needed on the West Allen Street bridge, which was heavilt damaged in the rain and flooding this summer.
City council adopted a new schedule of system development fees for water and sewer customers that will raise the connection fee for new residences and businesses…this increase is coming after the high fees became an issue in this fall’s city election. But…this revised fee schedule will give new customers up to three years to pay those fees.
Current homeowners will get a 50 per cent discount in the price to connect but new homeowners will have to pay more than double what they now pay to connect to the city water system…and at least $200 more to hook up to the city’s sewer system.