Funds sought to get final four streets of infrastructure project
A project for replacing 13,000 linear feet of narrow two-inch water mains with larger mains is not fully funded, Henderson City Council learned on Monday.
The council also tasked the Henderson Planning Board with reviewing proposed rule changes for enforcement against blight in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
A $1.7 million bid award for H.G. Reynolds to begin replacing about 13,000 linear feet of old water mains is not enough to get all of the work done, leaving four streets on a list of 18 to wait if $176,600 more can’t be raised in time.
Council members on Monday approved two bid-award options so work could commence on what is funded.
If the 10 percent increase is denied, Parker and Meadow lanes and Lehman and Lincoln streets would have to wait for a future water main upgrade project, according to Frank Frazier, the assistant city manager.
“They would just have to wait, if funding for it does not come in,” Frazier said.
Council members and city leaders expressed hope the full list of streets can undergo the upgrades because of aging infrastructure problems that included repeated breakages of the old two-inch pipes.
To save money, the city did its own engineering work.
“Because of the fact that we were able to perform the engineering in-house, we were able to transfer a total of $202,900 to construction,” said Peter Sokalski, the director of engineering.
That increased actual construction funds from $1,366,000 to $1,568,900, according to a report provided by the city manager, Ray Griffin. Griffin also indicated the budget for actual construction work follows funding for contingencies, administrative costs and closing fees.
Griffin said the upgrades will be a significant step forward to starting the phase-out of problematic older pipes. He said the new infrastructure will greatly improve the system and go a long way to improving service for customers.
Streets on the list for upgrades include Westover, Bellwood, Cypress and Faulkner drives and Red Bud Circle. Also on the list are Peace, Young, Mitchell, Kittrell, Chestnut and North streets, Oxford and Epsom roads and Harrison Avenue.
The largest single stretch of linear footage for the upgrades runs along Oxford Road, from Dabney Drive to the Crest Road area near the city limits.
The loan is a zero-percent interest funding program that schedules repayment over a 20-year period.
Griffin said that the planning board acted prematurely in making a recommendation to City Council for approval of ordinance rule changes to provide limited enforcement of city codes against blight in the extraterritorial jurisdiction on Monday.
“They jumped the gun on that by a few hours,” Griffin said Monday night. “The planning board will take the matter up again for another look next month. That way they will be receiving it as remanded to them by the council.”
Griffin said he did not know exactly how the board had the matter added to their agenda before it was officially remanded by a council vote, but holding a public hearing before planners again would rectify the error.
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