[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy 7-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 4-1-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-2]
There is hereby created the Water and Sewer Commission of the Town of Mount Airy, which shall consist of seven members, all of whom shall be residents of the Town and include one member of the Town Council who shall count toward quorum at Commission meetings and shall vote on Commission decisions in cases of tie votes. Each member, except for the Council member who shall serve concurrent with his or her term of office, is to serve for four years or until his or her successor takes office, except that the terms of members first appointed are staggered such that the first person appointed serves for one year, the second appointed for two years, the third appointed for three years, the fourth appointed for four years, the fifth appointed for one year and the sixth appointed for two years or until their successors are appointed. All appointments, including those required by any vacancies, shall be made by the Mayor with the approval of the Council.
The members will elect a Chairman of the Commission in their first meeting and agree upon other officers as they deem necessary. Officer elections will be held every year in the July meeting. Four members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. The members of the Commission shall not be entitled to compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for actual expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties, provided that funds for such reimbursement shall have been authorized in the budget of the Town.
The Water and Sewer Commission, in consultation with appropriate staff, will monitor and report on water and sewer systems' demand and capacity and make recommendations for actions by Town staff, the Mayor and Town Council to ensure that citizens have access to essential services without restriction to the greatest degree possible even under adverse weather conditions. Specifically, the Commission shall study, investigate and make recommendations to the Council on the following:
Review means of enhancing the Town's water supply, specifically including strategies to enhance the groundwater supply but optionally including surface water in combination with groundwater.
Consider incentives and strategies for commercial and residential conservation.
Draft plans for addressing future drought emergencies which will focus on shared sacrifice, predictability and flexibility.
In consultation with staff, recommend water allocations (MDE permits) required before future development can be approved.
The Commission shall regularly review and make recommendations upon water and sewer usage rates and overall development fees, including but not limited to water and sewer connection fees, annual assessment fees, water and sewer service fees, impact fees, and temporary surcharges to pay for principal and interest on loans for new water sources or to upgrade or expand water and wastewater treatment facilities.
The Commission shall undertake such other studies, programs and recommendations as may be requested from time to time by the Town Council.
The Water and Sewer Commission will present a timely annual report on actual usage during the previous year ending December 31 and projected usage and capacities for each of the ensuing five years and for 10 years in the future. The projections will include, at a minimum, average-year and worst-case-year scenarios. Specific subjects of the report should include the following:
Annually updated plan to meet the specific water needs of all existing residents and businesses, both normal and peak time use, as well as reserves as recommended by the state for normal and drought years considering specific water needs of infill development and approved development that is yet to be built.
No expenditures may be made by the Water and Sewer Commission except to the extent authorized in the annual budget of the Town or as may otherwise be lawfully approved in advance by the Council of the Town of Mount Airy.