City could reapply for grant

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 12:10 PM

The city did not receive state funding for a gravity sewer extension project at Newton Dairy Road and an extension at Birch and Bobbitt streets but could still apply for next year’s grant cycle.

At Monday’s city council meeting, there will be a public hearing to discuss resubmitting an application for the project.

In March, the Henderson City Council approved an application for a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant through North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Water Infrastructure.

The project at Newton Dairy Road would replace an old pump station, and the extension at Birch and Bobbitt streets would supply sewer lines to about 30 homes currently using failing septic systems.

Public Services Director Frank Frazier has recommended those projects be submitted in the application because the health concerns presented by the failing septic systems offer a compelling reason for the funding.

City Manager Ray Griffin said it appeared the projects scored well and only narrowly missed funding based on a discussion with McGill Associates, who submitted the application on behalf of the city.

Some residents in the area of Birch and Bobbitt streets who use the septic systems have greywater — or waste water generated by things like washing hands or taking a shower — but the city had never been able to obtain documentation from the health department.

The deadline for next year’s grant cycle is Sept. 2.

The city council will also discuss:

• An offer from a private buyer to bid on and purchase the property located at 306 Main St.

• Extending a lease agreement between The Holy Innocents Episcopal Church and the city of Henderson granting the city use of the lot on the corner of Breckenridge and Walnut streets for recreational purposes.

• Designating the Henderson Police Department Training Center Shelter Area as the Lt. Irvin Wheeler Robinson, Jr. Recreation Shelter.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.