Goldsboro City Council will consider state loans Monday of more than $6.5 million to upgrade infrastructure.
The upgrades are needed to meet the growing demands on the water and sewer systems and due to the age of the infrastructure, according to city staff reports.
A $3.6 million state revolving loan is earmarked to replace water lines, install a new booster pump station in the New Hope area and to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant to increase capacity.
On June 6, city staff received notification from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality that Goldsboro is approved for a N.C. Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan with a low interest rate of 1.82 percent during a 20-year term, staff reports show.
Besides installing a new booster pump station, the city plans to replace 4,000 linear feet of water lines in the Lane Tree subdivision from Fedelon Trail to Titleist Drive; 3,100 linear feet of pipe on Ash Street from Herman to William streets; 2,700 linear feet on Ash Street from Berkeley Boulevard to Meadow Lane Elementary School; 5,300 linear feet on Elm Street from Madison Avenue to Lee Drive; and 2,700 linear feet on Slocumb Street from Westbrook Road to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Marty Anderson, city engineer, said the new water lines will replace smaller pipes with larger ones to provide more water capacity. Some pipes will be replaced because they are getting old, Anderson said.
Council approved a resolution Sept. 17, 2017 to apply for the revolving state loan. The Wooten Co. was selected in September to perform engineering services for the project, reports show.
Council will also consider during its Monday meeting the terms of a $1,235,100 state reserve program loan with an interest rate of 1.82 percent during a 20-year term.
The funding will be used to rehabilitate 3,370 linear feet of sewer lines and 15 manholes in areas of the Big Ditch Outfall, Carolina Street and Cherry Hospital, reports show.
Anderson said the sewer lines need rehabilitation. The plans for the work were completed and are being reviewed by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, he said.
“As soon as they give authorization to construct, we’ll start,” Anderson said. “They have until March 2020 to approve it. But I think it will be done before then.”
Council will also consider terms of a $1.7 million N.C. Department of Environmental Quality loan to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant and expand its capacity. The money will be used to install equipment to improve the water quality at the water treatment plant, according to staff reports.
In other business, several rezoning requests that went before public hearings at the last council meeting will come before the board in the consent agenda for consideration.
The rezoning requests include allowing a child care and preschool to locate on the east side of Barrow Court, between East Ash Street and Carol Street, locating an Internet café at 1462 Arrington Bridge Road, and rezoning 1211 and 1203 W. Grantham St., to reclassify an existing non-conforming, freestanding sign to a conforming high-rise sign on the property.
After last month’s public hearing before the City Council, the rezoning requests went before the Planning Commission on June 24 for recommendations. The commission recommended approval of the child care rezoning proposal with a modification of the sidewalk requirement and the rezoning of 1211 and 1203 W. Grantham St. for placement of the high-rise sign.
The Planning Commission recommends denying the request to rezone 1462 Arrington Bridge Road for an Internet café, saying the request is not consistent with the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and does not meet the criteria of the city’s rezoning ordinance.
Council will also consider approval of an amendment to the city’s Unified Development Ordinance to allow microbreweries conditional use permits to operate in the central business district, general business district, shopping center district and the highway business zoning district, according to staff reports.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall, at 214 N. Center St. The council will meet at 5 p.m. for a work session, in the city hall annex, at 200 N. Center St., to discuss the city’s 2019-20 street resurfacing list and receive a safety briefing from human resources personnel.
The council is also set to meet Monday morning, at 10 a.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall, at 214 N. Center St. The council will conduct a censure hearing for Councilman Antonio Williams regarding alleged harassment of a city employee.
If council concludes that Williams harassed the city’s community relations director, Shycole Simpson-Carter, Williams could be prohibited from visiting Simpson-Carter’s office or certain city buildings.
Council could also ask the city attorney to seek local legislation to authorize a recall election or even remove Williams from office by a motion proceeding, according to city officials.