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Plant expansion plans on agenda for commissioners

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Lincoln County’s Board of Commissioners will meet Monday to discuss several proposals from the Lincoln County Public Works and Utilities department.
Public Works director Don Chamblee will speak to commissioners regarding a motion to approve an engineering study regarding a water treatment plant expansion. Based upon the Capital Improvement Project of the water treatment plant approved in the 2015 budget, county staff has requested a proposal to study the needs of the water plant and distribution system, “based on future growth and make recommendations of priorities for future projects.”
The consultant would then review the existing plant, permits, distribution and geographic usage purchase and sell agreements, in addition to evaluating current technologies and a capacity analysis.
According to the agenda item memorandum, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. was selected in a bid process. The company proposed providing the study for $45,425. Kimley-Horn said the expansion study would include conceptual engineering through demand analysis, capacity analysis, alternatives analysis and recommendations.
Commissioners will also discuss a motion to approve design contracts for the Forney Hill Pump Station upgrade and the Killian Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant expansion. According to the agenda item memorandum, WSP Group was selected through a bid process, and the company provided a phased design proposal for $106,055. The update was presented and approved by commissioners at their April 7 meeting.
According to a letter from WSP to Chamblee, the project consisted of evaluation and upgrade to the county’s sanitary sewer lift stations on the eastern end of the county.
“With the new WWTP located off of Old Plant Road, the current sanitary sewer lift stations pump up to Pump Station No. 15 on Little Egypt Road (Forney Creek Lift Station) and to the west to the Killian Creek Pump Station,” the letter said. “The county desires to have the sanitary sewer distribution system redesigned to provide a more efficient and reliable system.”
The company’s general scope of work included items such as designing and permitting a 12-inch diameter force main from existing Pump Station No. 13 to the wastewater treatment plant, a split flow from Pump Station No. 15 as well as a design and permit for a new pump station adjacent to the aforementioned station so that half of the flow could be pumped through the existing force main to the wastewater treatment plant.
In the commissioners’ consent agenda, Villages of Denver, LLC is requesting a 12-month extension to its original contract for an Improvement Guarantee (Cash Bond), approved by the board in October. According to correspondence from Planning and Inspections planner Josh Grant to Board of Commissioners chairman Alex Patton, the request is being made to “ensure a means of completion of infrastructure in the Villages of Denver subdivision.”
At this time, Grant said the amount already being held is $33,948.48, and that as the development continues to grow, that amount would remain in the form of cash bond at the Lincoln County Finance Department.
“This request comes on behalf of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT),” Grant said. “This amount is 1.25 times the estimate costs to complete the required roadway repair/improvements.”
The Board of Commissioners will meet Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Citizens Center in Lincolnton.

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