City to apply for grant to mitigate public health issue

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 10:32 PM

The Henderson City Council moved ahead on a grant application to fund community infrastructure improvements.

At its meeting Monday night, the council voted to approve a Community Development Block Grant application for a gravity sewer extension project at Newton Dairy Road and an extension at Birch and Bobbitt streets that would cost roughly $1.5 million.

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 recommended those projects be submitted in the application, rather than a second option to replace the 2-inch water mains on Thomas Lane and Railroad Street because the health concerns presented by the failing septic systems offer a more compelling reason for the funding.

“If you can identify a health issue, that certainly ranks higher than just needing the sewer system,” he said.

Erris J. Dunston, planning director, said 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.

She said her department had concerns but had never been able to obtain documentation from the health department.

Frazier also presented an update on the number of potholes appearing in roads in Henderson, which Rev. William Brodie raised concerns about at the Feb. 24 meeting.

He said his crews are already in the process of doing patching on Pinkston Street, Montgomery Street and Beckford Drive.

He added that the N.C. Department of Transportation was contacted about resurfacing Water Street.

In other business, the council approved:

• 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;

• The 2014-2016 Strategic Plan; and

• Tax releases and refunds from Vance County for February.