Seeking community input

Planning Department wants to hear residents’ concerns with water project
Mar. 21, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

The Vance County Planning Department is preparing to hold information sessions about the county’s water project amid concerns voiced by residents who say there was not enough information in the project’s early stages.

Planning Director Jordan McMillen said the meetings are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the water system in Vance County. He said residents will also have the opportunity to sign up for a wet or dry tap in their area.

Three meetings will be for residents in phase two of the project, and two meetings will be for those in phase one.

Construction on phase one, which encompasses Sandy Creek Township, is almost complete. The remaining work is being done on about 15 roads that were added later in the process.

Phase two construction started this year and includes Dabney, Williamsboro and Townsville townships.

Phase 2A calls for 23 miles of water lines and phase 2B has 12 1/2 miles of water lines.

McMillen said it will be harder to get sign-ups in the second phase because the area is more spread out than in the first.

“I’ve said from early on, phase two will be a challenge,” he said.

In order to reach as many residents as possible, the county is using mailers, door hangers and reverse 9-1-1 calls to get the word out.

McMillen said the county held meetings in the years leading up to the construction, but attendance was low.

“The numbers at those meetings just didn’t add up to what we would have liked,” he said.

Dates, locations and times include:

• Tuesday at Hicksboro Fire Department annex on Thomas Road, 6:30 p.m.

• March 31 at New Hope Elementary School, 6:30 p.m.

• April 1 at Old Aycock gym on Vicksboro Road, 6:30 p.m.

• April 8 at Carver Elementary School, 6:30 p.m.

• April 10 at Townsville Volunteer Fire Department, 6:30 p.m.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.