11/02/04 — Calypso and Mt. Olive reach sewer agreement

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Calypso and Mt. Olive reach sewer agreement

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on November 2, 2004 1:59 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive will provide routine daily maintenance on Calypso's sewer system when it goes on line.

The two towns entered a one-year agreement Monday in separate meetings.

The agreement says the town of Mount Olive will maintain Calypso's three lift stations and take the readings. The expected annual cost will be about $12,000 based on $33 a day for labor and other costs.

Work will include cleaning the lift stations, checking all the pumps and performing the paperwork required by the state. The reports will be subject to review by Calypso for approval and mailing to the state.

Mount Olive Special Projects Director Maylon Weeks said it will probably be the first of the year before Calypso will be ready to start providing sewer service to its residents. He said it will take about an hour for a public works person to drive to Calypso, do the readings and check the lift stations. If any repairs are needed, the contractor will take care of that the first year.

Calypso Mayor Tom Reaves told his board that 35 homes will be connected at the north end of the town's line in December, and the completion date for all of the lines is mid-March. Hook-ups will depend on the number of gallons per day that Mount Olive can treat.

He said the town is going to have to check 10 percent of its sewer lines every year. Mount Olive has a camera to run into the lines, but Calypso won't have to do that until after the first 12 months.

The town of Mount Olive has been a good neighbor to Calypso, said Town Commissioner Dick Lewis.

"We hope growth will head this way, and they do, too," he said before he moved to accept the agreement.

The vote was unanimous, as it was in Mount Olive.

"They have been awful good to us," said Calypso Commissioner Diane Lewis. "They stood by us when nobody else would, I'll tell you that."