Forest City applies for $1.4 million in CDBG

To upgrade sewer lines in two areas
Apr. 29, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

The Town of Forest City is applying for more than $1 million in Community Development Block Grants to assist with costs in upgrading sewer lines in two areas of town.

After a public hearing Monday night, the town voted unanimously to apply for the grant money through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). 

The town will apply for $1,374,200 from NCDENR to assist with upgrading and replacing existing and aging sewer lines in the Graham Town and Oak Street areas.

The project will include approximately 7,050 ft. of 8-inch sewer line replacement rehabilitation and 85 customers will be reconnected to the new sewer lines.

The board also approved an Asset Management Plan, which is a planning tool to help the sewer/public works department plan for future upgrades in the wastewater treatment system.

According to the assessment plan, there are no components at either of the town's treatment facilities that are in poor condition in need of immediate rehabilitation at this time.

The Town will make routine repairs to equipment as needed using local funds.

The Town has plans, when funding becomes available, to replace the aeration systems at the Second Broad River Wastewater Facility with higher efficiency blower/diffuse systems to replace power and provide savings in electrical cost. 

Estimated cost for these aeration system upgrades is $1,489,7000.

Also Monday night, council did not take action regarding a request to waive rental fees at Callison Recreation Center on Saturday, May 31 for a basketball tournament requested by Sonja Brown on behalf of Word of Deliverance Church in Chesnee, S.C. 

The basketball tournament will raise funds to help support the Thanksgiving Day event and other events sponsored by the church that are held in the county, Brown said.

Although the town does waive the fees for the church's annual free Thanksgiving meal for the community, the board said it could not waive fees for all requests regarding uses of the town's facilities on a regular basis.

The board agreed it will continue to waive the fees for the Thanksgiving event.

The board also approved the Finished Water Interconnect agreement between the Town of Forest City and Broad River Water Authority after questions were raised in the previous agreement that was approved on March 17.

The board approved the audit contract for 2013-14 for Don Heath, CPA, which is less than a 3 percent increase over the prior year. If a single audit is required there will be additional fee of $2,700. If there is a single audit, the total for next year's audit will be approximately $28,000. 

The board approved a change order and budget amendment regarding the Central Business District's sewer rehabilitation project. The completed project was $479.40 less than expected. 

The board held an executive session to discuss economic development.