The Lake Norman and National real estate trends are not the only important news to report. In fact, there are some new laws and regulations that will probably affect nearly all readers of this blog. I have been making a stack for quite a while so here they are!
According to a Harris Interactive poll, North Carolina is the sixth most popular state when it comes to where people want to live. “The most popular states and cities where large numbers of people would like to live tend to attract tourists and business. They are places where people like to take vacations and where companies like to have their offices and factories” according to a Harris news release. Great news!
A new law went into effect on October 1, 2009 in North Carolina outlawing plastic bottles in landfills. (Motor oil and pesticide containers are excluded). This means that all residents in the Lake Norman area must recycle all plastic bottles whether or not we have curbside recycling. While this law may be hard to enforce, the spirit of the law is what is important. As a reminder: The City of Statesville offers curbside recycling. The Iredell County Solid Waste Department offers five locations for recycling. We go to the one at the intersection of Hwy 150 and the 21. For more information: Iredell County Recycling Coordinator Diane Lewis: 704.928.2023. See below of link to Think Green Recycling, a private company serving Lake Norman.
Mooresville and in fact all North Carolina town residents will now be required to install a separate water meter and pay the town a fee that could cost as much as $1800 when installing new lawn irrigation systems. This law, effective July 1, 2009, is part of Drought Control Legislation enacted to help towns enforce water restrictions.
On January 2, 2010, the state of North Carolina will ban smoking in restaurants, bars and all enclosed public places! As a non-smoker I am thrilled to see our state join the 24 other states that have similar smoking bans. It is particularly impressive to me, in light of the fact that our state once relied on tobacco production as its primary economic driving force. We have come a long way baby!
Lake Norman officers patrolling the lake are increasing the number of citations for a “little known but potentially life-threatening infraction: Allowing children and guests to dangle (their arms and legs) from the bow of their boats” according to a recent article in the Mooresville Tribune. There have been several cases of people falling off of the boat and being injured when the boats run over them or even biting one’s tongue or lips when the bow of a boat hits a large wake.
North Carolina has added additional requirements to Home Inspection Reports as of October 1, 2009. The “Summary” section of the inspection report MUST:
- Describe any system or component of the home that does not function as intended, allowing for normal wear and tear that does not prevent the system or component from functioning as intended.
- The summary page must also describe any system that appears not to function as intended, based upon documented tangible evidence, and that requires either substantial examination or further inspection by a specialist
- The summary page MAY describe any system or component that poses a safety concern
- The summary report must contain the following statement: “The Summary page is not the entire report. The complete report may include additional information of interest or concern to you. It is strongly recommended that you promptly read the complete report.”
Finally, the Lake Norman Fire Department is urging all homeowners to purchase a $35 sign for their docks with clearly displays the street address. This is because fire crews have had difficulty in the past finding a home from the lake.
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