Alexander County to use US bailout funds for water pipe extension project

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (January 12, 2022) – Alexander County’s water system will expand with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act in the amount of $ 7,283,353. At the Jan. 10 meeting, the Alexander County Council of Commissioners approved an agreement for engineering departments to begin the planning process for the water main extension project. The agreement named McGill Associates as the engineering firm for the project.

McGill will complete the preliminary design, survey, design and permitting, easement map development, bidding and award within 12 months, then take over administration. general construction contract at a cost of $ 578,300.

“There are a lot of people in Alexander County who are not or underserved in terms of a reliable and quality water source. We are delighted to continue to expand the county’s water system at no cost to our citizens using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, ”said President Ronnie Reese.

The water main extension project connects the existing water system while extending water mains along unserved segments of Stan De La Drive, Bowman Court, Caldwell Pond Road, Jenkins -Moose Road, McAlpin Lane, Advent Church Road, Shepherd Court, Hefner Lane, Kirby Lackey Road, Shook Lane, Jimmy Shook Lane, Hickory Hollow Road and Laurel Ridge Lane. The water line extensions total approximately 42,500 linear feet ranging in diameter from 2 inches to 8 inches.

County manager Rick French said planning for the water main extension project began in August 2021.

In other cases:
• Commissioners approved a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural services for a new Alexander County courthouse. The call for tenders will be announced and posted, with statements of qualifications expected by February 11. Mr French said the proposals will be presented to the Commissioners after careful consideration. The council will then form a selection committee to determine the architectural firm and proceed with the planning of a new courthouse, which would be located next to Boulevard Industriel. The Commissioners approved an amendment to the Budget Order in the amount of $ 500,000 to increase the budget for the architect’s estimated fees.

• Council approved a budget order for a building renovation grant project for Paul Robert Chair, Inc. The North Carolina Department of Commerce grant of $ 60,000 will support the renovation of a 57,615 square foot building . The project is expected to create 10 jobs, with an investment of $ 64,396 by the company. Alexander County provided a local match of $ 3,000.

• In the County Manager’s report, Mr. French informed council that a groundbreaking ceremony and program for the new Alexander County Courthouse Park will take place on Sunday May 15th. Further details will be released soon.

He also reported that Chief Information Officer Greg Cronk will retire effective April 1 after 22 years of service in the Alexander County government.

The commissioners also voted to continue a nuisance case on Jimmy Duncan Lane until their February 7 meeting.

• The Commissioners approved an amendment to the agreement with the Council of Governments of Western Piedmont for technical assistance in planning until June 30, 2022. The amendment increases the working days of WPCOG staff from two to three days. per week for an additional cost of $ 12,163.

• The council approved an amendment to the county’s paid vacation policy to reward full-time and part-time county employees with a day off (eight hours in most cases) for their birthday.

• Commissioners heard a presentation from Dianne Little, President of Alexander County United Way, regarding the agency’s recent community needs survey. She said the survey received a total of 152 responses. Survey respondents were given seven areas and were asked to rate these areas from most critical to least critical. At the county level, the rankings were as follows: education, food insecurity, health care, broadband, homelessness, housing, and transportation. Results varied from community to community.

The Alexander County Council of Commissioners typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Room 103 of the CVCC Alexander Center for Education. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday February 7 at 6:00 p.m. Regular meetings are recorded and can be viewed on the county government channel on Spectrum 192 or on the county YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/alexandercountync. Meeting agendas, minutes, videos and more are available on the county website at www.alexandercountync.gov/commissioners.

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