Project funding issues highlight Dobson town meeting
by By Keith Strange
DOBSON — Dotting the “I’s” and crossing the “T’s” related to funding for two ongoing projects in the town of Dobson highlight the agenda when the town’s board of commissioners meet this week.
The meeting gets under way at 6 p.m. in the board meeting room in town hall Thursday.
During the meeting, the board will consider a grant contract with the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund that will allow the town to accept a $496,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The money will be used to fund about half of the cost to construct the planned Dobson Square Park at the corner of Atkins and Crutchfield streets.
“It’s just standard language,” Smith said, noting that the board action is more procedural than anything. “If we want the money, we have to approve it. It’s really just a paperwork issue we have to take care of before we can proceed with the project.”
Smith said once the board takes action on the contract, the next step will be to advertise for engineering services for the project.
“After that, we’ll be ready to go,” Smith said.
In other business, the board is expected to adopt an ordinance that will fund a solid waste handling system at the town’s water treatment plant.
Smith said the project, expected to cost between $1 million and $1.8 million, is necessary in order for the town’s water plant to come into compliance with state regulations.
“We have to have a system in place to handle the solids discharged during water treatment,” he said. “When you make water, there are chemicals in the water that are discharged as a solid, and we have to come up with a way to dispose of the solids that remain.”
According to the town manager, two different systems are being considered.
One of the systems is a dewatering box that uses gravity and a large filter to separate the solids from the liquids. It is expected to cost about $1 million.
The town also is looking at a press-type system that would compress the solids and remove the water with a large press. It is expected to cost around $1.8 million.
“We have to do a pilot study to determine which system will work the best, but if the dewatering box works that’s the way we want to go,” Smith said.
The town was awarded a $500,000 grant earlier this year from the North Carolina Rural Center to help fund the solid removal system.
A final piece of action will approve language allowing the town to appropriate funds for its portion of the park construction project.
Reach Keith Strange at email@example.com or 719-1929.
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