Residents raise stink over proposed Creedmoor sewage plant
Posted July 19, 2013 4:41 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2013 6:42 p.m. EDT
Creedmoor, N.C. — People who live near land where Creedmoor officials are considering building a wastewater treatment plant are voicing opposition to the plan.
The population of Creedmoor has more than doubled since 2000, to 4,200 people, and officials are trying to determine how best to provide services to the growing town.
"It's a serious conversation that, not only Creedmoor, but other communities are having. How they are dealing with the growth," Mayor Darryl Moss said.
Creedmoor officials are debating whether to build a wastewater treatment plant or contract with the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority for more service. SGWASA already serves Creedmoor and has offered more than $13 million to take over the town's infrastructure.
"When you get new information, I think you have an obligation to re-evaluate," Moss said.
His call for considering the SGWASA offer prompted a no-confidence vote from the town's Board of Commissioners, which has studied building a new town-owned treatment plant for several years.
Residents are concerned about Creedmoor's plans. Signs proclaiming "Something Stinks in Creedmoor" have sprouted along Hester Road northwest of town, where people say they worry about pollution and noxious odors from a treatment plant.
"It just doesn't make sense," resident Jean Blaine said. "The South Granville Water and Sewer Authority has the capacity."
"We just want to be left alone and allowed to live our lives out here," resident John Bryant said.
Raleigh officials also oppose the proposed Creedmoor plant because it would require diverting 1 million gallons of water a day from Falls Lake, which is Raleigh's main source of drinking water.
Moss said negotiations with SGWASA are ongoing, and he hopes a decision will be made later this year.