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White Lake Multi-Use Path Project Set to Begin

By Joy Warren

The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. The Town is ready to begin the first phase of the Multi-Use Path by approving a contract with The Wooten Company for $68,400 to provide professional services for the construction of the multi-use path. The services will include the design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services of a 10-foot-wide, asphalt surfaced multi-use path approximately 10,000 feet in length. The Board also heard and accepted a proposal from Eddie Madden, grant coordinator with the project, for management and grant reporting services that he will provide. His monthly fee will be $1,000. The project is expected to take 10 months.

After reviewing and investigating the Town’s existing sanitary sewer collection system, Engineering Services identified and prioritized areas needing repair to reduce inflow and filtration. Brian Cox provided construction estimates for the first phase at $2,037,546. The NC Division of Water Infrastructure, through the State Reserve Project Grants and Loans Program, has low interest loans available. If approved, a 20-year loan with the current 1.9 percent interest rate would be an annual payment of $123,410. Staff reviewed wastewater revenues and determined that the Wastewater Department should be able to support the annual payment. The Board approved Phase 1 of the project and adopted a resolution to submit an application for financing the repairs.

The Board also awarded the Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids Removal & Disposal Project to EMA Resources, Inc. The wastewater biosolids will be removed and disposed of from the wastewater lagoon, which was a result of Hurricane Matthew. The project is contingent upon FEMA funding/reimbursement.

In other administrative matters, the Board approved utility releases; approved purchase of a 2017 Dodge Charger for the police department; and approved a new town logo for the council chambers and the front of the police department.

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