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Garland OKs $1M project

GARLAND — Town officials are moving forward with a water and sewer infrastructure project, with new consultants leading the way.

During a Thursday meeting, the Garland Board of Commissioners selected McDavid Associates, Inc. to handle engineering and administration work for a Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure (CDBG) worth more than $1 million. Garland was previously notified by the North Carolina Division of Water Infrastructure of the grant to be used for sewer line improvements.

Request for proposals and qualifications were sent out by the town and officials, with a deadline set for Thursday. A few bids from businesses were sent and were reviewed by a committee consisting of Mayor Winifred Murphy, Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Smith and Town Clerk Pam Cashwell.

“There’s a very strict timeline that we must follow in order to stay on board,” Murphy said. “If we miss a deadline, then we will maybe lose the grant.”

After going over the qualifications, the committee made a recommendation to Garland Commissioners for McDavid Associates, Inc. to handle services. The Farmville-based business specializes in engineering, planning, and land surveying services. A satellite office is located in Goldsboro.

For CDBG-I projects, the town previously used McGill Associates, which was one of the bidders for the current project. Murphy said McGill Associates, writers of the grant, was a good company with which to work. But officials made a decision to go in another direction. It was mentioned that an employee will be onsite to help Garland during construction with contractors. Another benefit was assistance with an asset inventory grant, if the town applied for one.

“But in reviewing all the applications, we sincerely think that the best choice was McDavid Associates,” Murphy said.

Murphy also also emphasized an accessibility factor of having someone around on a daily basis, instead of a few days during the week. Smith and Commissioner Austin Brown mentioned other experiences such as longtime experience with CDBG projects and being in business for more than 60 years.

“We looked at all the criteria prior to making this decision,” she said.

Some of the details of the CDBG project includes replacing or fixing 6,200 linear feet of gravity sewer, large networks of underground pipes that move blackwater, greywater and, in many cases, stormwater from individual households to a treatment location. The purpose of the CDBG program is to improve the quality of life for residents with low to moderate income. With developments, the goal of officials is to provide a safe environment.

Garland Commissioners discuss town matters during a Thursday meeting. Commissioners discuss town matters during a Thursday meeting.
Garland Mayor Winifred Murphy speaks with commissioners during a meeting. Mayor Winifred Murphy speaks with commissioners during a meeting.
Town selects McDavid Associates for sewer overhaul

By Chase Jordan

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