Vance to consider adding to water project

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

Commissioners could move forward Monday with adding roads to the county’s water project.

At the Vance County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board will vote on whether to let engineers design 12 new road lines for Phase 2 construction.

The estimated design fee is about $80,000.

During a committee meeting June 25, Tim Carpenter of LKC Engineering shared an adjusted budget projection for adding five roads in Phase 2A and nine roads to Phase 2B — an added cost of $1 million. Since then, the committee has updated their request to only seven roads in Phase 2.

Carpenter said the additions could mean about 90 more customer connections for the county.

Commissioner Dan Brummitt said he was against adding new roads because of debt associated with current construction.

Some 547 customers have committed to use the county’s water source in Phase 1, which is short of the 620 the district had projected.

The county has not met its goal for signups in Phase 2 either, Brummitt said.

The Water District Board will bring a resolution to the board to pay for bond debts in Phase 1 construction.

The overall water project still costs the county a debt payment of about $188,000 a year.

Brummitt said at the committee meeting he would evaluate whether adding roads to Phase 2 would start cash flow and submit his thoughts along with the committee’s recommendation.

Also during the meeting, County Manager Jerry Ayscue will ask the board for authority to apply for a federal anti-gang program grant up to $200,000.

Ayscue said the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and the Vance Gang Awareness Program will use the funding to supports its crime prevention initiatives, but the county would be required to administer the grant and make sure funds are used appropriately.

The application has a requested completion date of July 11.

“We want to give it the best shot to maximize chances for success,” Ayscue said.

Also during the meeting, the board will:

• Consider reappointments of Nancy Wilson and Jerry Stainback to the Vance County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board;

• Consider bids for a property in the Scattered Site program, which provides low-income homeowners with structure maintenance and rehabilitation;

• Hear market manager Tracy Madigan’s update on the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, which started operations about a month ago;

• Discuss a county boundary issue causing residents to vote in the wrong district and authorize staff to arrange a meeting with Granville County to come to a resolution before the November election; and

• Consider charging a $40 yard waste fee starting Sept. 1 to non-residential and commercial properties bringing ground waste to recycle centers.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.