Plans to be sent for approvals from city, state

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

The design for a pump station in the Vance County water system’s first phase is almost ready for state and city approval.

Tim Carpenter, of LKC Engineering, told the county commissioners at Monday night’s meeting the pump station design will be sent to the City of Henderson and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources before the end of the week.

The pump station is needed to fill the water tank during periods of high demand because the pressure in the main supply line is not enough to fill the tank entirely.

Carpenter said the pump station is estimated to cost about $55,000, but it is not certain where the funding will come from.

“It will either be change order or it will be bid, and that will be determined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” he said.

Carpenter said construction on the phase one pump station would take place within about 60 days.

Construction on phase two has begun this week, Carpenter said, and he estimates a completion date in September.

Commissioners voted last September to hire LKC Engineering for the second phase of the project.

Hobbs, Upchurch & Associates was contracted for the first phase and is responsible for remaining work in phase 1A. When the board approved a new firm, the commissioners did not explain what prompted the change.

In other business:

• The 13-member farmers market advisory board, purpose, market objectives, function/operations and board composition for the Vance County Regional Farmers Market was approved. Commissioner Gordon Wilder will serve as the county commissioner representative. Jackie Sergent will serve as the Heath Department representative. Sergent is also the mayor of Oxford and the Health Promotion Coordinator and Health Education Supervisor for the Granville-Vance District Health Department.

• A change order for a credit amount of $1,381.53 for the farmers market project was approved. This funding was allocated for the ground sign, but a grant through the Granville-Vance District Health Department covered the cost.

• A request by Vance County Schools to transfer the remaining balances of capital outlay funds from two line items, totaling $7,850, to replace the furnace in the media center at Zeb Vance Elementary School was approved.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.