Sewer study, traffic safety, STEP projects on Rutherfordton agenda

Aug. 05, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

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This month's regular meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rutherfordton Town Hall.

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A new cost estimate concerning the traffic safety improvements on North Main Street near St. Francis Episcopal Church will be discussed by the Rutherfordton Town Council during the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rutherfordton Town Hall.

In May, council members approved a request for multiple safety improvements near the church including the purchase and placement of two pushbutton activated pedestrian flashers at the nearby crosswalk, the lowering of the speed limit, constructing a raised or elevated crosswalk by the church and narrowing a portion of the roadway to provide for a bike path.

Last month the council signed a U.S. Highway 221 Ordinance Municipal Repeal Certificate to implement lowering the speed limit from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour 300 feet north of the church.

Council members initially approved the town budgeting $7,500 for the safety improvements.

Continuing with old business, the council will hear a presentation on the Joint Sewer Study from Brian Tripp with W.K. Dickson & Co., as well as hold a public hearing regarding a right-of-way closure on North Main Street near the St. Francis Parish House.

In new business, Larry Gregg will give a presentation to the council on the STEP (Small Towns Economic Prosperity) program's implementation phase. After a hiatus that lasted several months, the town has begun to implement projects that were proposed by the STEP committees last December.

The NC STEP contract was received from the NC Department of Commerce, approved by the Rutherfordton Town Council on June 4 and signed on June 13, allowing the committees to begin using funds from the $100,000 grant as part of the STEP program's implementation phase. Under current parameters, the town has a maximum of 18 months from the May 1, 2014 contract date to complete its projects, despite the signing of the contract on June 13. This means the committees must complete their expenditures related to the implementation of the town's STEP projects by Oct. 31, 2015.

Additional new business on Wednesday's agenda includes discussing possible amendment to the town's sign ordinance; hearing a presentation by Keven McCammon, site manager for Facebook's Forest City Data Center; and discussing board vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission and Veteran Events Committee.