Bid will start replacement process
A $1.7 million bid award for H.G. Reynolds to begin replacing about 13,000 linear feet of old water mains tops the agenda for the Henderson City Council on Monday.
The council will also decide on their part in a contract to develop a comprehensive recreation, parks and greenway master plan for Vance County and conduct a focus-group style discussion on what priorities they have in choosing a new chief of police.
City Manager Ray Griffin said that a closed session following regular council business is expected to be brief regarding an attorney-client privilege matter.
Griffin said city staff has been working in-house on engineering plans for replacing 2-inch water mains that have been a repeated source of breakage and other service problems in various locations of the city.
“This is a significant step forward to reaching out and starting the work to phase out some of that older infrastructure,” Griffin said. “This will improve service for customers, and it is going to greatly improve the system.”
The council has approved funding and plans in the past, and staff did detailed engineering work “in-house”, Griffin added. The bid award initiates the wheels of development.
The plan for a greenway is part of the parks and recreations leaders’ recommended future growth and program development. Grant funding is expected to be pivotal to the project, necessitating a master plan.
The process will include citizen involvement opportunities, demographic trend analysis, a specific action agenda, an inventory of programs and facilities, maintenance and renovation guide and general design principles.
The Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments formulated and will propose a written contract agreement between the city and Kerr-Tar.
Included in the search for a police chief are discussions among different entities, including the city council.
The focus-group discussion for members of the council will take place during a work session that follows what Griffin said he anticipates will be a brief closed session.
The public’s discussion time is scheduled Tuesday night at City Hall.
According to Griffin, Becky Veazey, president of the Management and Personnel Services Group via the N.C. League of Municipalities, will serve as a consultant and facilitator for the focus group process.
Griffin said two focus group discussions already took place for the Henderson Police Department involving officers and staff.
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