The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 19, 2013

Norwood Council approves sewer service

By Jason O. Boyd, Staff Writer

Thursday, December 19, 2013 — After more than eight years of meetings, planning and back and forth between the town of Norwood, the residents of Berry Hill and perspective contractors and engineers, Berry Hill finally got the good news regarding its status for sewer service.

In a special meeting conducted by Norwood Town Council Dec. 12, the board voted to approve a bid from SKC Inc. for more than $1 million to install sewer lines for that part of Norwood. SKC Inc. is an electric utility company in Seagrove, just outside Asheboro, that also deals with water utilities. Koonce Noble & Associates Inc. of Lumberton will handle the engineering consultation process of the work that is expected to begin as early as the first part of January and will likely take at least six months to complete.

“It’s been about an eight-year project. I wasn’t even on the board when it started. But I am glad to see it, to begin to get to this point of being able to provide sewer (lines) in that area,” Norwood Mayor Beverly Johnson said.

“We’ve done a lot of thought and consideration in the planning. All the boards have. We have people on the boards who have been familiar with it. (Board member) Mr. (Darrell) Almond was the mayor when it began. I am pleased we have come to this point.”

The board met in executive session on Dec. 9 then scheduled the Dec. 12 meeting to present the final outcome and vote on it. The bid from SKC was said to be at least $19,000 less than other bids the town received.

Koonce Noble & Associates was informed Dec. 12 of the news so the process can begin to meet the January starting period. The contract is for six months with a 90 percent total finish. There is a rock clause that could be put into place should problems arise trying to clear the amount of rocks expected to be in play during the installation.

The board also accounted for around $300,000 for engineering and $160,000 for taps, bringing the total cost to a little more than $1.6 million. Taps are expected to be put in at each structure so it will not have to be done later when individual houses are added.

The town’s budget for 2013-14 was amended to reflect the bid.

Other items covered at the meeting:

n An ice machine structure was approved to be placed on Fork Road close to Food Lion. It will include a small machine and a canopy-like cover. It will replace a similar structure that was once in the general area.

n SouthernAire and received permission to place its main sign on the side of its building. A roofing issue led to taking the sign down for repairs. The business had to receive permission to move the sign to maintain the zoning ordinance.

n The Edgewater Common Areas received permission to change its status to a common area in reference to the town’s zoning.

n The town will look into getting an extension on the Scattered Housing Grant currently underway.

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