Public hearing on tap Monday at City Council meeting

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

The agenda for the Henderson City Council meeting Monday night at City Hall is full but mostly routine, according to Assistant City Manager Frank Frazier.

A public hearing, a dozen business items and additional reports will keep council members and staff on a busy pace with presentations and new decisions on issues they have already seen.

Frazier said a completed request to add some items to the $18 million upgrade project to the Nutbush water reclamation facility is on that list as well as a $1.4 million bid award for improving the Sandy Creek Pump Station.

“We’re hoping to award the Sandy Creek bid on Monday night,” Frazier said. “The low bidder is Turner Murphy Company out of Rock Hill in South Carolina. The engineers recommended that bid.”

Frazier said project engineers confirmed with him that the details are in order. Because state funding is involved, additional rules regarding how bids are conducted had to be followed.

Several manholes, headworks adjustments, rebar changes and items of relocation total a $25,200 request for additional money to be transferred from contingency funds to the $18 million Nutbush project.

The proposal on Monday is about $8,000 below original estimates on further costs. The project’s contingency fund balance would be reduced to about $575,000 after funds are transferred.

“They are all important items,” Frazier said. “Many, however, are the type of issues that we work on routinely and have worked on before.”

The public hearing focus is on a half-acre parcel’s proposed rezoning change to business uses on Wilbur Street that would pave the way for a Family Dollar store’s move and expansion from across East Andrews Avenue.

Other business items include:

• Henderson Police Department applications to grant agencies for new radio and other vehicle equipment.

• Disposition of a joint city-county owned property at 777 Parkway Drive.

• Execution of a quit-claim deed on several properties outside city limits.

• Construction easement changes for use of city parking areas by Variety Wholesalers Inc., employees.

• Termination of a proposal for updating the city ordinance on signs.

Following regular business, the council will conduct a work session focused on a storm sewer replacement project on David Avenue, an update on efforts to develop a master plan for the recreation department, and a report on the city’s finances halfway into the current fiscal year.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.