Council to discuss pot holes, grants

Mar. 21, 2014 @ 07:40 PM

The Henderson City Council at its scheduled Monday, March 24, meeting plans to hold the second of two public hearings for grants to make water and sewer improvements in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Changes to the Community Development Block Grants means the funds can no longer be used for housing projects, but town staff have pulled forward two strong candidates to apply for some funds, City Manager Ray Griffin said.

The first option is a gravity sewer extension project at Newton Dairy Road, as well as an extension at Birch and Bobbitt streets, which would eliminate an aging pump station and failing septic systems, respectively. The combined cost of the project is a little more than $1.5 million.

The second option would replace the 2-inch water mains on Thomas Lane and Railroad Street at a cost of a little less than $1.1 million.

Griffin said both endeavors meet the new criteria.

“First, they're significantly needed infrastructure projects,” he said. “No. 2, they are in high concentrations of low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Those two combined should make for a competitive project within the Community Development Block Grant program.”

Council members are scheduled to vote on approving one of the proposals to move forward.

The board will also hear an update on the number of potholes appearing in roads in Henderson. At the Feb. 24 meeting, Rev. William Brodie, who lives on Pinkston Street, said he had concerns about the conditions of several roads: Water, Pinkston, Montgomery, Clark and Rocksprings streets.

Of those mentioned, only Pinkston Street was city maintained, according to documents. The potholes at the intersection of Montgomery and Pinkston streets were temporarily repaired with cold patch until a more permanent solution could be applied.

Staff also plans to work with the N.C. Department of Transportation on repairing state-maintained roads, according to the documents.

The council is also scheduled to:

• Consider approving budget amendment No. 27 correcting a technical error and No. 28 authorizing the transfer of funds for unanticipated costs associated with a water main repair;

• Consider approving the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan; and

• Consider approving tax releases and refunds from Vance County for February.

 

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