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Jonesborough passes water upcharge for Chuckey Utility district

Jessica Fuller • Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 9:44 PM

Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to increase water rates for the Chuckey Utility District, which has used a small amount of the town’s water for a few decades. 

Mayor Kelly Wolfe said during Monday night’s regular board meeting that the rate structure for the Chuckey Utility District has stayed the same for the past 30 years, and the district pays less than inside prices for the water they get from Jonesborough. Town Administrator Bob Browning said Jonesborough provides about 14,000 gallons per day for about 4,400 homes in Chuckey. Town Recorder Abbey Miller said that only accounts for about 2 percent of the district’s water as most of its water comes from Greeneville. 

Browning said in the agenda notes that Chuckey has recently asked about getting more water from Jonesborough, which prompted town officials to reevaluate the pricing structure.

The board unanimously approved the increase, which would gain the town about $3,000 more per year. Wolfe suggested the board should take a look at the pricing again moving forward.

“I would hope that we would have the expectation in the future, in the next year or two, to look at this again and bring them in line with our outside rates that we’re charging all of our other outside water customers who don’t live in the town of Jonesborough,” he said, later adding, “What we need to do is make sure we get our rates in line with where they need to be before that subject (of Chuckey using more Jonesborough water) becomes more pressing.”

In other business: 

• The board passed a resolution annexing a property at 140 Old Embreeville Road. The property owner wrote a letter requesting to be annexed into the town limits.

• In order to construct a street connector from North Cherokee Street to Smith Lane, the board passed a resolution to purchase a $15,000 piece of property. This will move plans forward to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety and access to U.S. Highway 11E in that area.

• The board passed three special event applications from Jonesborough Locally Grown. The resolution included longstanding events — the Saturday Farmer’s Market and the Farm-To-Table Dinner in August — and a new event, a Thursday Farmers Market, a weekly activity at the Boone Street Market every Thursday from April throughout the summer. The request is for the use of the eight parking spots along Boone Street in front of the market to be used for vendor parking from 3-8 p.m. during the event.

• The board passed a second reading of a revised NCIC contract with Johnson City. The contract will allow Jonesborough to provide services to the city at certain times during the week in exchange for Johnson City allowing Jonesborough to use their 800 MGz radio system along with the city doing maintenance work on the town’s radios.

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