The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 13, 2013

City of Locust OKs sewer funding

by Luanne Williams, for the SNAP

Sunday, September 29, 2013 — In what could be considered the exact antithesis of the level of cooperation in Washington these days, city officials in Locust dispatched their entire agenda Thursday night in a half hour with a series of genial discussions and a half dozen or so unanimous votes.

Among the decisions was the approval of a capital project ordinance appropriating $897,003 for the King Heights/Sherwood sewer system expansion.

City Administrator Tim Fesperman asked the council to also approve a $4,466 change order so that disconnects and plungers could be added to each sewer tap. The additional funds were included in the $897,003, which covers $131,489 in engineering costs, $712,606 in construction, $35,407 for contingencies and $17,501 in closing costs. Anticipated revenues to complete the project include $879,502 in funding from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and $17,501 in cash.

Fesperman said the project, awarded to Hall’s Construction in late July, is expected to be completed by March 22, 2014.

In other business:

n Mayor Steve Huber declared October Breast Cancer Awareness Month via a proclamation, reminding those at the meeting of the prevalence of the illness and the importance of early detection.

n Fesperman told the Council Locust had two police cars that were no longer needed. He said the town had made an offer to Badin Police Department to sell one of the vehicles for $3,750 and planned to work  with Tarheel Auto Sales to sell the other, a Dodge Charger. (Councilman Larry Baucom, owner of Tarheel Auto, was absent from the meeting.)

n Councilman J.C. Burris reported that the new Community Building Rental Agreement approved last month had been implemented, and Fesperman added that those initially upset by the $10/hour rental fee were now satisfied.

n New Life Baptist and Mission Baptist churches won praise for their recent contributions to the Locust community. New Life had a park cleanup day. And Mission served lunch to law enforcement, firefighters and city workers on Thursday.

“I'm very thankful when churches and groups help us, but it is really overwhelming when they continue and continue and continue to do so without being asked. They do it in the service of God,” Fesperman said.

“Sounds like we are living up to our city motto, ‘City with a Soul,’ ” Huber said.

Council members were also informed that:

n Phillip Drye, a public works employee, has earned his Grade 1 Water Pollution Control Collection System Operators Certification.

n Code enforcement has recently pulled up 21 illegal signs in the town, part of an ongoing effort to improve compliance.

n The band for the Oct. 19 Concert and Fireworks event at the Locust Town Center has been changed. Right Turn Clyde will provide the music beginning at 6 p.m., with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Locust City Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Joel Huneycutt Community Room.

Luanne Williams is a freelance contributor for The Stanly News & Press.