ROSEBORO — If all goes well, the town should be the recipient of an Asset Inventory Assessment Grant that will allow the town to hire an engineering firm to create a detailed plan to locate the water and sewer lines in town.
Tony Blalock informed board members during Tuesday night’s meeting that he, on behalf of the town, had applied for the grant. If approved, the town would receive a total of $163,000, which would allow for $88,000 for the sewer lines and $75,000 for the water lines.
According to Blalock, the town currently has a detailed map that was done by the Council of Government. However, the map isn’t accurate. In April, when some digging was being done at a storm drain, a line was hit because of the inaccuracies in the map.
“We applied for the grant two weeks ago,” Blalock said. “The current map is inaccurate and we need to send out qualification requests to engineering firms and find someone to come and provide us with a detailed plan to locate the town’s water and sewer lines.”
If the town receives the grant, they will be required to match the amount at 15 percent of the total cost. If plans continue, and the grants are separate, the total cost would be $163,000, with the town paying $24,450. However, Blalock is petitioning for the work to be done together, which would save the town nearly $4,000, with the total cost of the project being $139,000.
“It’s important that the town knows where its water and sewer lines are for many reasons,” Roseboro mayor Alice Butler said.
If the grants are received, an engineering firm will use a GIS system to locate the lines and form a detailed map.
With the full support of the board, the town has initiated a business registration program, effective immediately. The registration will be free for all businesses.
“It’s in the best interest of the town to have a business registration program,” Blalock stated. “It will allow us to keep in touch with businesses.”
At the March board meeting, Blalock proposed the idea following initial conversation about the program during the budget process. According to Blalock, implementing the program will allow for a vital link between towns and businesses.
“Since the General Assembly took away the town’s ability to license our local businesses, a registration program would allow town staff to adequately track our business customers,” Blalock stated. “In addition to costing us good a bit of money, it also created a separation between the town and our business customers.”
reactivate the business privilege licenses, and the town has been left with the responsibility of informing the business owners that the General Assembly took that ability away.
“A number of towns have activated a business registration program, which is allowable under the general statutes,” Blalock said. “Especially with the upcoming fire inspection program, we really don’t have a good handle on all our businesses in town. I think a business registration fee, with a nominal amount attached to it, would help us keep an adhesive list of what our businesses are.”
Unless a business comes into the town hall to activate a water and sewer account, Blalock said there is no definite way for the town to keep accurate record of the businesses that exist in town.
Butler said this program will benefit the town by allowing the chance to collect information on the new businesses. This, she said, will also be beneficial with the new fire inspection program.
Businesses will be asked to register annually.
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