First Posted: 1/15/2009
ST. PAULS — St. Pauls has received $331,000 in grant money from the N.C. Rural Center that Town Administrator Stuart Turille said Thursday will go a long way in improving the town’s water and sewer systems.
“I think the stars are in line for St. Pauls,” Turille told the commissioners as he praised state Sen. David Weinstein and state Rep. Douglas Yongue for their help in securing the grant. “With this money we should be able to meet a majority of our water and sewer needs.”
Turille told the board that $30,000 will go for water and sewer mapping. The other $311,000 will be used for water main repair and rehabilitation.
“We are trying to address breaks in the 100-year-old system,” he said. “We lose 40 percent of the water we treat between the time it leaves the plant and the time of our billing.”
Turille emphasized that losing 40 percent of the treated water is not a direct cost to taxpayers.
“Individual customers are billed by the amount of water they use,” he said. “It’s the town that is eating the cost of this loss, not the taxpayers.”
Last month, the town received a $2.17 million grant from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund to be used for sewer work. Turille said then that the state grant will be used to address infiltration problems and make improvements to the whole sewer system. The money will also be used to dig up and replace some old sewer lines, as well as provide for new monitoring equipment.
In other business:
— The commissioners heard a presentation from St. Pauls High School senior Courtney Westbrook about her ideas for the design of a skateboard park at M.L. Bud Everett Park. The design is Westbrook’s senior project.
Turille said that when the commissioners meet Jan. 8 they will consider an ordinance that would require anyone using the skateboard park, located at the site of the old tennis courts, to wear a helmet and knee and elbow pads.
— The commissioners gave approval to the St. Pauls High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America to use the area around the town’s war memorial on Feb. 21 for FFA Week activities.
— After a brief presentation by Pete Ivey, a member of the board overseeing the establishment of a Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame, the commissioners guaranteed a donation to the Hall of Fame.
— Approval was granted to have Bob Segal of High Point review electric franchise tax revenues to determine whether the town is receiving the correct amount of funds.
— The commissioners reappointed Durham White Sr. to a three-year term on the ABC Board.
— Libby Ferguson, John Gudauskas and Ronald McDonald were reappointed to three-year terms on the Planning Board.
— The commissioners agreed to give a part-time employee and volunteer firemen and medical responders a $100 Christmas bonus. Junior members of the fire department and medical responders will receive $50.