Council to hold three public hearings

Mar. 16, 2014 @ 04:34 AM

On Monday evening the Spindale Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings and dispositions during its regular meeting at 6:30 at the Spindale House.

The first public hearing regards a street closure request for a portion of Old Flynn Road. Last month commissioners adopted a resolution of intent to close the street portion at the request of Word of Faith. Subsequently, the town has gone through the legal steps of a street-closure request, culminating in a public hearing on the question of the closure.

Monday night's second public hearing concerns local industrial development incentives for the expansion of a local unnamed industry, code named Project APPI. This incentive follows Rutherford County's recent action to award the same.

The third and final public hearing regards zoning ordinance text amendments. The Planning Board has reviewed and recommended for approval various text amendments which encompass statutory changes made by the North Carolina General Assembly this year.

During the meeting commissioners will also continue to discuss updates on the Wastewater Treatment Plant rehabilitation project and 2012 State Revolving Fund sewer replacement project.

The Town of Spindale was awarded a $1 million grant in January through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (NCDENR) Clean Water State Revolving Fund to assist with the town's $5 million rehabilitation project for the 40-year-old Wastewater Treatment Plant.

On Feb. 7, the town received a formal letter of intent to fund from the NCDENR, and commissioners and town staff held a series of information briefings to discuss the acceptance of the finance terms. A schedule was included in the NCDENR letter, and the first milestone is the town's submission of the engineering report and environmental information document by June 2.

Earlier this month, Town Manager Cameron McHargue and a consulting engineer attended a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) workshop conducted by NCDENR officials at Isothermal Community College, which they will brief commissioners about Monday night.

Concerning the status of the 2012 State Revolving Fund sewer replacement project, last month Harry Luzius of Kurt D. Wright & Associates reported that the contractor, Landsdowne Construction, was working on the final punch-list items, seeding and paving as weather permitted. Once completing the steps, the engineer was set to finish final documentation with the NCDENR.

In new business, the board will discuss and potentially vote on a resolution of application for a North Carolina Commerce Industrial Development Fund Grant for purposes of rehabilitating the wastewater pump station at the former All American Homes site near the 221/74 interchange.

Team Air, Inc. has recently announced their decision to locate an HVAC manufacturing facility at the site. Although located outside town limits, the site is served by the town's sewer system. The pump station has been deactivated since the departure of All American Homes several years ago and is in need of repair.

Additional new business on Monday's agenda includes a briefing on current activities and membership of the town's Recreation Committee; a proclamation by Mayor Mickey Bland for Spring Clean-up Week 2014; a discussion regarding the purchase of downtown seasonal banners; a vote on the FY 3013-14 audit contract submitted by Martin, Starnes & Associates; and a vote on a budget amendment to require an appropriation of $60,000 from the General Fund Balance to meet immediate cash needs of aggregate health insurance claims that occurred this past month.