GARLAND — With assistance from grant funding, town officials are continuing their efforts to improve water and sewer infrastructure in the area.
During a recent meeting, Garland’s Board of Commissioners made a decision to move forward with an extension request for a Community Development Block Grant for infrastructure (CDBG-I). With remaining funds, officials would like to remove sludge from lagoon basins and replace a roof on a pump station building. The original deadline was June 30.
Mayor Winifred Murphy reported that the project awarded to the town a few years ago is on its last leg. At the time, the grant was for $1.5 million. Now about $70,000 remains in the pot with cost savings, which required a public hearing. The decision was made after a public hearing followed a presentation from David Honeycutt, a project manager with McGill Associates.
Commissioner S.J. Smith questioned other plans made for street repairs on Seventh Street, but Honeycutt said CDBG funds are to be utilized for sewer work and water infrastructure.
It’s estimated that the project will begin after documents for the work are finalized, which will take one month. Officials have until the end of 2018 to complete the work.
In the meantime, town officials will search for a company to handle engineering and administrative services. Request for proposals for sewer line improvements of more than $1 million were sent out in July. This was approved during a July 3 meeting. The project was awarded by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Equality. The plans consist of replacing or rehabilitating 6,200 linear feet of gravity sewer, large networks of underground pipes that convey blackwater, greywater and, in many cases, stormwater from individual households to a treatment location.
The deadline to submit a bid for these is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 26.
“We are so very excited to have been awarded another CDBG-I from the 2017 awards in the amount of $1,014,575 for sewer line improvements,” said town clerk Pam Cashwell.
The purpose of the CDBG-I program is to improve the quality of life for low to moderate income people. Through the developments, officials hope to provide a safe environment and clean drinking water through developments.
Additional information regarding the requests for proposal is available by contacting Cashwell at 910-529-4141.