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Survey work to begin for new water district

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By LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NASHVILLE — Field work is underway on Nash County's Northern Nash Water System.

Survey teams are hitting the streets as part of the design phase for the county's new water district. For the next two months, crews will cover portions of the 55-mile project survey elevations and assist with aerial mapping, said Nash County Utilities Director Mike Tolson.

The workers will be operating near intersections in the public right-of-way, Tolson said.

“We're excited to begin work on this highly anticipated project,” Tolson said. “Safety is our biggest concern, so we want the public to be aware that crews will be working along roadsides in parts of northern Nash County.”

Crews will complete survey work for the project in November and construction will begin in the summer of 2018.

The design and construction of the water district's first phase is made possible by grants and low-interest loans, which were applied for by Shannon Russell, a consultant with Eastern Carolina Solutions.

Russell recommended to county staff several months ago that the county apply for a grant from the State Revolving Fund. With the county's permission, Russell applied for the grant, County Manager Zee Lamb said.

The state awarded a $3 million grant from the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure. The grant also comes with a $3 million, zero-percent loan and a $3.5 million, low-interest loan not to exceed 1.9 percent for a total of $9.5 million, making Nash County the largest recent recipient of state funding during the most recent round of grant funding. For preparation and maintenance of the grant, Russell will receive a $50,000 consultant fee.

“I think it's wonderful,” said Robbie Davis, chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners.

The board approved the fee during a workshop meeting Monday.

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