MAXTON — The Maxton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for work to proceed on an asset inventory and assessment of the town’s sewage and water systems.
The two projects, to be undertaken by Pinehurst-based McGill and Associates, are being funded with $208,000 in grants from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
A resolution stating that the town has received the grant money had to be approved before work could begin, Town Manager Kate Bordeaux said.
“McGill and Associates will look at all of our equipment and infrastructure,” Bordeaux said. “This will actually let us know exactly what we have, what should be funded, and what our priorities should be.”
This is the first time such an an analysis of the town’s drinking water and wastewater systems has been made, she said, adding that doing so makes the town more competitive when applying for grants.
“It lets you have a 10-point advantage over others when you have such a plan,” Bordeaux said. “When money is being given away those giving the money want to know what the money is needed for and exactly how it will be used.”
In other business, Bordeaux told commissioners that consideration needs to be given to replacing and upgrading the town’s aging fleet of vehicles, particularly those used by the Maxton Police Department. At least four police cars need to be replaced, she said.
“Every month, some vehicles have to be repaired,” she said. “We need to look at grants to see what we can do. All of these vehicles have 100,000 miles or more.”
The commissioners and Mayor Emmett Morton told the manager to begin looking for grants that can be used to buy and repair vehicles.
Bordeaux told the commissioners she is continuing her drive to get property owners to clean up their property. She has traveled around the town with Tax Collector Angela Pitchford and Public Works Director Dennis Freeman to determine which properties need to be cleaned up.
“We picked out the 50 worst violators and sent them letters letting them know they are in violation of town regulations,” Bordeaux said. “We’ve had about 15 contact us. They want to do what the ordinance says.”
The process of being reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for property damage, repairs to property, and labor costs resulting from Hurricane Matthew is proceeding, Bordeaux said. The town is due to receive about $168,000, with $140,000 already received.
In other business, the commissioners:
— Approved a request from Willis Sullivan, chairman of the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission, that 1.72 acres of land owned by the commission be sold.
— Approved the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Commission’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget.
— Heard a report from the mayor concerning plans for the town’s upcoming Fourth of July celebration, which will be held July 1 beginning at 4 p.m. in Beacham Park. A fireworks display will be held as soon as it is dark. Any vendors that want to participate in the celebration are asked to call 910-844-5231.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.