Warren water, sewer projects gets final approval

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 09:42 PM

WARRENTON — Warren County Board of Commissioners gave final approval to a water and sewer project that has stretched over eight years, cost almost $1.8 million and extended service to households in the far reaches of the county.

Public Utilities Director Macon Robertson on Monday thanked the commissioners for their support.

“Completing the project was a great accomplishment,” he said.

Commissioners approved a certificate of substantial completion for the third phase of water and sewer District 3 as of Dec. 20.

The project included construction of about 30 miles of water lines and filled gaps in service around Lake Gaston and several communities in the county.

In other business, commissioners adopted a nearly $583,000 ordinance to extend water and sewer lines to Eaton’s Ferry Bridge. The funds will be advanced from the General Fund and reimbursed from bond or grant proceeds.

Tax Collector Starlin Beatty reported unpaid 2013 taxes totaled nearly $1.8 million. The board ordered him to advertise tax liens on the delinquent properties.

Commissioners approved a request by the Warren County High School Air Force Junior ROTC to waive the rental fee for the use of the Armory Civic Center on March 8. The unit will hold its annual cadet ball on that date.

The commissioners declared several tables, desks and an antique electric organ as surplus and authorized their sale by auction or conveyance to a local non-profit organization of items that fail to sell. The board also authorized the county manager to convey surplus property consisting of tables, desk and low-back chairs to the Warren County Training School Alumni and Friends Association for $1.

Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing sale of tax foreclosed Harris Turner Funeral Home property on West Franklin Street in Warrenton by the upset bid process, with proceeds from the sale used to pay taxes and legal fees.

County Clerk Angelena Kearney-Dunlap reported six items of real estate and two surplus vehicles were sold at auction for nearly $15,000.

The board adopted a resolution declaring February 2014 as Black History Month.

The board went into closed session to discuss privileged information. When the board returned to open session, commissioners directed County Attorney Karlene Turrentine to issue a letter to the Board of Elections advising them a preliminary hearing canceled and rescheduled as an emergency meeting did not meet the statutory requirement of an emergency and was therefore void. A preliminary hearing had been called to hear a complaint that questioned the legal residence of two voters.

 

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