Water project in the county moving forward

First Posted: 1/7/2009

DOBSON Surry County Water and Sewer Projects Manager Jack Gardin told the county commissioners earlier this week that the county has received $127,290 in grant funding from the N.C. Rural Center to extend water lines to Snowberry Lane, just outside of Dobson on U.S. 601.
Gardin told the board that 10 residents on that road had their water tested and the tests showed that they all had water problems.
The commissioners approved a local match of $42,430 for the project that brings the total amount to $169,720. The project is slated to start in July of this year and is expected to be completed March of 2010.
Gardin told the board about a similar project with the town of Dobson. He said funds from the N.C. Rural Center were also available to possibly extend a sewer line from the town down Prison Camp Road to Old County Home Road. He said that he thought he could get $967,000 in grant money for the project.
That leaves the countys local match at a little over $400,000. Hope Valley said that they would be willing to pay part of that amount. If some point in time, Fisher River Park and the Animal Control shelter could be included. They have a problem that is unique there. They have animal waste, and the septic system just isnt capable of handling it. If they were on a sewer line, that would be a big help, Gardin said.
Commissioner Jim Harrell said he thought it would be a great thing for Surry County.
Gardin told the board that the Department of Transportation would have to be involved and he wouldnt have a set amount for that project until the DOT gets back to him.
Gardin also told the board that the bids on a water main extension for Tobe Hudson and Oak Grove Church roads are in.
He recommended Ronnie Turner Construction be hired for the project since the company came in with the lowest bid of $1,035,072.
The board passed the recommendation to hire the construction company unanimously.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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