Joint sewer study and 221 Bypass project on Rutherfordton agenda

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 04:24 AM

During tonight’s regular meeting the Rutherfordton Town Council will discuss two large undertakings including the joint sewer study and the 221 Bypass project.

Council members will discuss the approval of the Inter-local Agreement for the joint sewer study, as well as the approval of awarding the Rutherford County/municipalities joint sewer study to WK Dickson & Co., Inc.

Concerning the 221 Bypass project, council members will engage in a brief discussion with Mark Teague, J. M. Teague Engineering, PLLC and set a date for a workshop on the design process for the 221 Bypass.

The council will also take care of unfinished business with a discussion on the needed HVAC capacity at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse, potentially receiving and awarding a bid on a unit for installation.

In other new business, the council will vote on a contract to engage Arnett Muldrow & Associates, Ltd. for the town’s branding study.

During last month’s meeting the council approved a request from the Small Town Economic Prosperity (STEP) Committee, presented by Dr. Larry Gregg, to use $7,500 from the N.C. Rural Center planning budget to engage Arnett Muldrow & Associates to perform a branding study for Rutherfordton.

“As we [STEP] have been putting together projects to work on, our work was halted due to the budgeting process in the General Assembly. Essentially STEP money was frozen,” Gregg said at last month’s town meeting. “But regardless of this halt, there are certain aspects we still want to move ahead with. STEP came to a consensus of urgency to move forward.”

Gregg asked the Town Council to allow STEP to use the planning funds for the branding study, explaining that the study would help the committee strengthen its image and identity and allow it to better market itself within the community.

Also on this month’s agenda, council members will set a date for orientation for the STEP projects.

The projects will focus on how to help Rutherfordton reinvigorate its economy by joining together local citizens and stakeholders with professionals who possess the technical and planning skills to move the community forward.

The council will conclude its meeting with an appointment to the Historic Preservation Commission, a vote for partial closure of West Sixth Street for an Oct. 17 event and an employee recognition of Pat Hardin, the town’s library director.