Ground broken for second phase of county water project

Nov. 14, 2013 @ 08:44 PM

During the groundbreaking ceremony for phase two of the Vance County water project, Sen. Angela Bryant recognized the fifth-graders at New Hope Elementary School who patiently waited in the cold for an hour as county leaders thanked one another for making the $9 million project possible.

“I am so thankful to have our young people here who, of course, are the future beneficiaries of all that we are doing and the leaders of tomorrow,” Bryant said. “I want to congratulate the county on this opportunity and your forward and progressive thinking, in terms of providing the ‘new gold,’ as they say, to the citizens in Vance County.”

The ceremony Thursday marked plans for construction in the next phase of the project, which encompasses Dabney, Williamsboro and Townsville townships. The first phase of construction, which covers Sandy Creek, is completed and the water system has been turned on for residents in that area. Construction on additional roads within phase 1A are still under way.

Commissioners Deborah Brown, Archie Taylor Jr., Gordon Wilder and Tommy Hester attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

Brown said she considers Williamsboro her stumping grounds, as a native of the area and an alumna of New Hope Elementary School in the 1950s.

“It gives me great joy to be here this morning on this special occasion,” Brown said.

Bryant was joined by Rep. Nathan Baskerville, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Randy Gore and Betty Jo Shepeard, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Richard Burr.

Baskerville and Shepheard stressed the economic development and public safety benefits that the county will reap by providing essential water services.

“I have been hearing about this water project for my entire Senate career,” Shepheard said. “I believe the first idea for the water project goes back to the late 1990s, so I know it’s been an ongoing thing and nothing is more important to a community than a great water supply.”

Gore said the county has received a $2,196,000 loan and $1,622,800 grant for construction of phase 2A that will build 146,382 feet of water mains, four master meter stations and 59 fire hydrants for roughly 565 customers.

For phase 2B, the county received a $3,937,000 loan and $1,987,450 to construct 228,806 feet of water mains, 92 fire hydrants and a 150,000 gallon storage tank for about 883 customers.

The county anticipates construction to begin in January 2014 and Gore said it must be completed by Sept. 30, 2014.

Residents who sign up early, before construction in their area is completed, are only required to pay a $125 capacity fee, $150 security deposit, $50 plumbing permit and the cost of installing a water line from the meter to the house.

Residents who do not sign up early will pay an $1,100 connection fee, $2,000 capacity fee and $195 water meter installation fee.

The $1,100 connection fee, $2,000 capacity fee and $195 water meter installation fee are waived for those who sign up early.

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