Council approval expected

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 04:21 PM

Monday is time to officially fund a $16.6 million sewer facility upgrade: state approval for the loan agreement is in and only the go-ahead by the Henderson City Council is left.

Also on the agenda for the council is a public hearing to exempt temporary handicapped ramps from city setback requirements, a decision to add four structures to the city’s tear-down list and a council discussion about sagging pants in public.

Henderson City Manager Ray Griffin said that bidding notices are out for contractor responses to the $16,615,000 project to renovate the Nutbush sewer treatment facility. The project will bring the plant up to date with modern water reclamation processes.

“We have put out the notice for contractors to build the plant,” Griffin said. “We have gone through the local government commission, gaining approval for the debt issue for taking the loan.”

Bids will be coming in over the next several weeks, Griffin added.

“I think we will be awarding a bid in January,” he said. “I believe it is possible that we could have a March start up for work to be done.”

The loan is being provided through the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and council action on Monday would follow up on their approval in February 2011 to seek the revolving fund opportunity.

The city learned on Nov. 29 that their loan plan passed muster with state regulators, and bids are set to start coming in from contractors on Dec. 20, according to Griffin.
The loan carries a $1 million principal forgiveness measure, and is to be paid back over a maximum of 20 years at zero-percent interest. Paying down on the loan will impact sewer treatment service rates.

Griffin said 2013 would be marked by the difficult task of continuing the ongoing sewer services while phasing in operations that utilize the new-construction components.
In other business:

• The council will hold a public hearing on changing building setback requirements in all zoning districts for temporary constructed handicap ramps. Henderson planners unanimously recommended the change to help situations where encroaching on setback requirements would be unavoidable in the case of a needed means of access for the handicapped.

• On the table for a decision by the council is adding 301, 309 and 315 Charles St. and 318 Rowland Ave. to the city’s list of demolitions after the owner of the houses failed to show any progress toward securing the structures or finding buyers to renovate them and save them from destruction.

• A resolution to state a city position on the public exposure of underwear showing above sagging baggy pants as a style will be discussed by the council.

Griffin said he informed the council that the city has no authority to regulate how pants are worn in public, but that a request for state legislative action is possible that could give municipalities the ability to put ordinances in place to prohibit the style as an offense to the public.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.