Oxford wastewater plant getting multi-million upgrade

May. 14, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

OXFORD — The Oxford wastewater treatment plant will receive a major upgrade based on action the Oxford Board of Commissioners took on Tuesday evening.

A 1-million gallon equalization basin will be constructed to improve the performance of the plant. A no-interest loan of $2.44 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund had been approved earlier. However, even the lowest of seven bids exceeded the estimated cost of the project. The city’s engineering department is working with the state to increase the amount of the loan to cover the entire cost of the project.

The board approved increasing the amount of the loan to more than $3 million and awarded the contract to low bidder H.G. Reynolds Co. in the amount of $2.61 million with an additional $260,580 for contingencies, bringing the total to $2.87 million.

The board voted to contract with S.T. Wooten for $90,000 to resurface sections of Leak Street, Cedar Court, Meadow Circle and Willow Place. An additional $9,000 was authorized for contingencies. Wooten submitted the lower of two bids received.

The commissioners voted to award a contract to Mitch Yarborough for sidewalk, curb and gutter for the parking lot behind ACE Hardware for about $10,000 plus $1,000 for contingencies. Yarborough submitted the lowest of three bids.

Three public hearings were held to allow residents to comment on proposed actions, though none came to speak. The board:

• Amended the town zoning ordinance to increase the minimum width of driveways in unified housing and business developments from 20 feet to 26 feet. The change makes the ordinance consistent with the North Carolina State Building Code, which requires the wider dimension to allow fire apparatus an unobstructed width of 26 feet.

• Acted on a recommendation by the staff and the planning board to approve a request by Eddie W. Caudle Jr., to rezone 930 Lewis St. from residential-agricultural to highway business.

• Annexed the property of Pearl M. Torres of 1008 Lewis St. Torres had requested the annexation in order to receive city utility services.

The board adopted a fee schedule for the Department of Recreation, to take effect June 1, 2004. Organizations that contracted and paid deposits prior to that date will be charged the lower fee, whether under the current schedule or the adopted schedule.

The commissioners approved a budget amendment in the amount of $14,000 to install a generator at the Midway lift station and to repair a manhole behind the old dog pound.

Susan Wicker, chairwoman of the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission, presented the organization’s annual stewardship award to Gary and Kathy Weaver for their work in renovating their home at 221 Gilliam St.

Wicker also presented the organization’s annual report and announced the winners of the 2014 photograph contest, which included multiple awards to Linda Harris, Stephen Schendel and J.B. Spurr.

In other actions,

• Mayor Jackie Sergent presented the Yard-of-the-Month award to Peter Tocci and Ricky Dixon of 207 Main St.

• The board adopted a proclamation designating the week of May 11-17 National Police Week in Oxford.

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.