During Thursday’s council meeting, Amanda Sutphin of Triad Engineering, Inc. updated council on the project’s status. According to Sutphin, the Department of Environmental Protection approved the project, and bids will open July 17.
A mandatory bid meeting also is slated for 10 a.m. Monday July 6.
The project will include repairing one of the secondary clarifiers as well as provide new screening carts at the wastewater treatment plant, an emergency generator at the park pump station and repair several manholes within the collection system that are contributing to the town’s inflow and infiltration problem.
During a public meeting in February, Sutphin reported that the estimate project cost was $479,500. The project also will raise the sewer rates in town.
According to Sutphin, no rights-of-way or easements are required for the wastewater treatment project, and all work will be done on town property.
In other business:
• The council meeting marked the final meeting before the new administration takes place in July. Mayor Mindy Kearns thanked council for working cooperatively with her for the past two years. In addition, she said that Jerry Tucker, who was elected mayor and will take office next month, will do a great job.
“It looks like it will be a smooth transition (to the new administration). Jerry and I are already working together and I plan to help him out in any way I can. I think he will be a good mayor,” Kearns said.
When the new administration takes office council members will need to appoint two additional council members as well as a recorder.
• Council members certified the municipal election results.
• Council members unanimously approved to fix five storm drains in town. According to Kearns, the drains being fixed are ones that have caved in.
• Council members unanimously voted to release CJ Hughes from their contract. According to Kearns, they were contracted for phase I of the water project, which is now complete. Any thing that happens now regarding the water system is the towns responsibility.
• Council members unanimously approved to sign a resolution that will give Tucker the authority to act on the wastewater treatment project when he takes office in July.
• Council members unanimously approved to use the leftover money from phase I of the water project to tear down the house located in front of the city building. According to Kearns, additional parking will be added to the city building once the home is torn down.
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2.