There is no beneficial solution for Goldsboro, Fremont and Eureka to merge their sewer systems unless debt relief can be attained through grants or other financial means, according to a sanitary sewer merger regionalization feasibility study.
Charles Archer of Freese and Nichols, an engineering, architecture and environmental science consulting firm, is scheduled to present the study to the Wayne County commissioners when they meet on Tuesday.
The meeting will start at 8 a.m. with an agenda briefing followed by the formal session at 9 a.m. Both will be held in the commissioners’ meeting room on the fourth floor of the Wayne County Courthouse Annex.
Wayne County along with Fremont and Eureka and in conjunction with Goldsboro and the Local Government Commission sought assistance with studying the feasibility to regionalize and, or merge their respective sanitary sewer collection facilities.
The intent of the study was to evaluate and make recommendations as to the feasibility and potential implementation of a merged or regional system.
The merged system scenarios evaluated for the study consisted of the following:
• Fremont takeover of the Eureka’s wastewater collection system, where Eureka’s customers would become Fremont’s retail customers.
• Goldsboro’s takeover of the wastewater collection systems for both Fremont and Eureka.
Under the current assumptions, a merger between Eureka and Fremont benefits Eureka and would cause rate increases for Fremont customers, according to the study. It adds that a merger between Goldsboro, Fremont and Eureka could benefit Fremont and Eureka, but would cause rate increases for Goldsboro’s existing customers.
The study recommended that Eureka first replace its entire wastewater collection system to address current inflow and infiltration issues, which would reduce the volume of wastewater to be treated and provide cost relief to both Eureka and Fremont, according to the study.
In addition, replacement of the system will provide a benefit to the environment and welfare of Eureka’s customers. In summary, if a regionalization/merger arrangement is to be pursued further, an additional in-depth study with detailed financial data is recommended, particularly for Goldsboro, the study adds.
At 8:30 a.m., commissioners will convene as the board of adjustment to hold a public hearing on a special-use permit for the Summit Solar LLC solar energy facility at 245 Everett Road, Mount Olive.
The company is asking for the special-use permit for the solar energy facility, since it would be in the airspace control surface area of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
The Wayne County Planning Board approved the plan at its December meeting, but it also requires approval from the board of adjustment.
Commissioners can act on the request following the public hearing.
There are several special presentations on the agenda:
• Former chairman Bill Pate will be honored.
• Service pins will be awarded to county employees.
• Commissioners will be asked to approve a resolution to award retired Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carter Hicks his service weapon and present him with a retirement plaque.
• Services on Aging Director Paula Edwards, Stasia Fields with Goldsboro Parks and Recreation, and Senior Games Ambassadors will make a presentation on the upcoming Senior Games Health Fair and Senior Games.
The health fair and open house will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 1, at the Peggy Seegars Senior Center, 2001 E. Ash St.
The event will include health screenings, more than 30 vendors with Information for seniors, senior games information and registration forms. A free bagged lunch will be served. For more information, call Fields at 919-739-7485 or Rob Phillips at 919-731-1589.
In other business, commissioners will consider motions to:
• Award the stream debris removal bid for project part No. 4 to Coastal Plains Clearing of Seven Springs for $79,081.44.
• Approve a memorandum of understanding with the University of Mount Olive. The agreement is to define how the university will offer its courses at a reduced tuition rate to Wayne County employees and how Wayne County will provide opportunities to the university to promote and recruit employees subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement.
Consent agenda items include:
• Application for Disabled Veteran Exclusion
• Budget amendments
• Motion to approve the $276,710 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Community Anti-Poverty Plan for Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency (WAGES).
• Motion to adopt resolution adopting the 25th amendment to the county’s position classification and pay plan.
• Motion to approve an amendment to the family and medical leave policy as presented by Human Resources Director Jerilyn Lee.
• Motion to approve an amendment to the sick leave sharing request form as presented by Lee.
• Motion to approve support of 2019-2020 legislative goals package from North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
• Motion to award a request for qualifications for architectural services to Skinner Farlow Kirwan Architecture for the adaptive reuse of property located at 210 Dixie Trail.
• Motion to authorize Sgt. Jayson Hill of the Wayne County Sheriffs Office to submit an application for the 2019/2020 OWl Task Force Grant.
Public comments will start at 8:05 a.m. Speakers will have four minutes to speak on their topic of choice.