ROSEBORO —Some sewer lines in Roseboro will soon be moved as a part of making way for the new N.C. Hwy. 24 to come through the town.
Earlier this year, in March, the town was approached by Department of Transportation (NCDOT) engineers about the need to realign some of the town’s sewer lines, some of which are located on property owned by the Sutton estate, so that work can begin on the Roseboro section of the Hwy. 24 project., informed Commissioner Roland Hall during Tuesday’s board meeting.
He recalled that the town’s commissioners agreed and also expressed their wish that the NCDOT lay encasements under Hwy. 24 for water and sewer lines at no cost to the town. Since then, the town has been billed for the encasements, he continued, but since no verbal or written agreement was officially made between the town and NCDOT, the town is not responsible.
As for the realignment of sewer lines, the estimated cost given by the NCDOT for the work, plus the costs of other related expenses including lawyer and easement fees, totals $34,000.
Hall pointed out that “time is of the essence” with the realignment, noting that the town is “about three months behind” with its decisions. Acknowledging that there has been “a lot of turnover in the (town hall) office and in public works,” Hall suggested that that turnover may have contributed to “some targeted dates” slipping through the cracks.
Currently, the NCDOT has given the town “full authority to do the work” and then receive reimbursement, he said, and that local business owner Arnold Sandy of Sandy’s Hauling and Backhoe Services, who was present of the meeting, submitted a bid back in September to perform the realignment work.
“It’s below the estimated cost identified,” said Hall of the $26,250 quote, making a motion that the town board go ahead and award the contract Sandy, not seeking any additional bids, in the interest of time.
Also present at the meeting was an engineer with Fred Smith Company of Raleigh —the engineering company that has been contracted to work on the R-2303, C and D sections of the new highway —who confirmed that the company is anticipating being ready to start its work soon, hopefully during the first week in January, if preparations like the sewer line realignment can be completed in time.
The motion made by Hall received unanimous approval from the town board.
Executor of the Sutton estate, Dennis Sutton of Florida, also attended the town hall meeting, having previously asked the town commissioners for payment in the sum of $2,000 for easement expenses related to the realignment work.
Confirming that the town could do so and be reimbursed and describing the request as “reasonable,” Hall made another motion to pay the Sutton estate $2,000 for easement expenses. The motion carried unanimously.
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