Officials move forward with south county water project

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County commissioners on Monday took a step forward in providing water access to dozens of south county residents by approving a $2 million grant application.

The Community Development Block Grant to the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Division of Water Infrastructure, would provide 34 homes and approximately 89 people along Old Cheraw Highway and U.S. Route 1 South with new access to municipal water. The grant application is requesting $2,075,000. The county’s share is $125,000.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Emily Miller, of Municipal Engineering Services Company, addresses the Richmond County commissioners on Monday regarding a south county water project.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Emily Miller, of Municipal Engineering Services Company, addresses the Richmond County commissioners on Monday regarding a south county water project.

A public hearing during the commissioners’ regular monthly meeting at the county administrative building on South Hancock Street drew no comment from the public. Commissioner Don Bryant asked Emily Miller, of Municipal Engineering Services Co., if homeowners would be eligible for a insurance rate decrease once fire hydrants were installed. The answer was yes.

Miller also said the grant now includes the cost of hooking up to homes — an important point given that 100 percent of the affected area will serve low-to moderate-income homes.

The proposed planned includes the installation of 10,500 linear feet of 10-inch water line, 13,500 feet of 8-inch water line and 3,500 linear feet of 6-inch water line, along with appurtenances, fire hydrants and a pump station.

Commissioner Ben Moss said it was important for the county to obtain some of the $26 million expected to be available from the next two rounds of funding.

“This group of people that live in this area, they need this very badly,” Moss said. “They are desperately needing water” for home use and for commercial purposes, including poultry farms.

“I think it’s just gonna be a good investment for everybody … to get these people some water,” Moss said.

Comments on the issue will be accepted for 15 business days after Monday’s meeting. Comments can be directed to County Manager Rick Sago by email at rick.sago@richmondnc.com, by telephone at 910-997-8211 or by regular mail at 125 S. Hancock St., Rockingham, NC 28379.

 

 

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  • Joe DeBerry

    Keep your Poison water system out from down here ,I was on it once and will not hook to it again,we have plenty of good wells down here for our homes on our land and it is Clean and Fresh, and the fees whether you use it or not once the meter is installed on your property and you disconnect from it you are still billed a monthly Flat fee and mine was when i owned a home that was on it and I put it up for sell and disconnected the water I was still billed nearly $20.00 a month because the meter was on the property,so think before you let them put it in unless you need the water and it is not Cheap and the Chlorine odor will take your breath and all the others Chemicals in it and all it is is Sewage that they Put Chemicals in it to clean the waste so you are drinking Sewer water .It will never be hooked up on this property as long as Im alive you can COUNT on that and Ben Moss is supporting it for his own Family down this way is why he pushing for it. Call the water dept and ask them what they bill for a flat fee whether you use it or not monthly .And there way of making you hook up to it they will tell you if you decide to hook up to it after they put it in will cost several hundred Dollars or more around $1500.00 or so .

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