Thomasville to improve sewer lines

May. 28, 2013 @ 02:36 PM

City officials are are moving forward with improvements and expansions for its aging wastewater treatment infrastructure.
City Council recently approved adding about 9,300 feet to the North Hamby Sanitary Sewer Outfall from Baptist Children’s Home Road to the northeast. The total project is expected to cost about $3.2 million, with about $2.7 million coming from a state wastewater revolving loan.
In the proposed 2014 budget,  the improvements list includes nearly $1.4 million for the replacement of the clear well roof systems at the water treatment plant.
“This has been needed for 10 years and will be completed and paid without financing the project,” according to the city’s budget message.
The North Side Pump Station at W. Cooksey Drive will be upgraded to bring it up to modern standards with new motors and drives for existing pumps and a new generator with funding from a $632,500, 20-year state loan. The city will add $126,000 from enterprise funds. Thomasville received a $563,750 state grant to help pay for upgrading the East Davidson Pump Station, the site of numerous spills during heavy rains. The city would pool that money with any approved loan funding to finance the entire project.
City officials moved to upgrade the stations and the wastewater infrastructure in 2009 following a massive wastewater spill.
In other business:
City Council has set public hearings June 17 for two economic development projects sponsored by the Davidson County Economic Development Commission. Davidson  County officials have approved incentives for Project Z13 and Project Hem.
City Manager Kelly Craver said the incentives would be five-year packages based on company investment. No additional details on the packages were available Monday. Commissioners approved up to $29,700 over five years in incentives for Project Z13 and up to $31,050 for Project  Hem. Project Hem, a merger of two companies, proposes to invest $2.3 million and provide at least 30 jobs at a wage equal to the county’s average wage.
Project Z13, an injections molding operation, has proposed an investment of $2 million to provide 11 jobs at an average wage of $50,000, with additional jobs to follow.