The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously signed off on a nearly $3.5 million contract for improvements to the county’s water-treatment plant during its meeting Monday night.
Funded by the water and sewer capital-improvement budget, the project will result in upgrades to the plant’s mixing and flocculation, chemical-feed equipment, sedimentation basin, pipe gallery and sludge handling.
The plant was built in 1992. The county retained Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood to design the plan for repairs to the existing facility in 2011.
Public Works Director Don Chamblee said the work would likely take 360 days, with County Manager George Wood noting that it was the “big project” for the current fiscal year.
The county opened bids for the project on Nov. 29 and had five bidders. The lowest bidder and recipient of the contract is Statesville-based Gilbert Engineering Company.
While Chamblee noted that the upgrades won’t allow for more capacity, he said he does believe the efficiency at the plant will be improved.
In other Board of Commission action Monday night:
County Attorney Wesley Deaton informed the board of a lawsuit filed by the town of Maiden against the county regarding a dispute over the sewer line for the Lincoln County Industrial Park. The legal conflict first arose several years ago.