By Sonny Jones
The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners on Monday night heard more from the company proposing to operate its water and wastewater management system and received a revised cost proposal.
The meeting was a continuation of last Monday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.
Envirolink President Michael Myers (pictured above) spent about an hour outlining the proposal and answering questions from town officials.
The Raleigh-based company with a regional office in Eastover presented a proposal of $65,640 per year to manage the town’s water and wastewater system based on 1,200 connections and a $118,440 per year for other management services. The proposal is for the operation, maintenance and management of Bladenboro’s wastewater treatment facilities, wastewater collection, water distribution facilities, water well facilities cross connection control program and meter reading. It includes all labor, vehicles and tools to comply with the town’s DEQ permits.
Last Monday, Envirolink’s proposal based on 1,725 connections was $80,400 per year to manage the town’s water and wastewater system and $170,400 per year for other management services.
Town Administrator Oryan Lowry said prior to the meeting that no staff reductions would be needed if the town opts to allow Envirolink to run the water system because there are open positions that would not be filled.
The board didn’t take action on the proposal, but will continue to study the proposal.
After the meeting, the board held a reception for outgoing Town Clerk Melanie Hester. Her last day is Friday. She is resigning after more than 17 years with the town, including a 19-month stint as town administration in 2014-15.
The board’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street.