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Grant funds sewer expansion
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 18, 2013 | 214 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FARMINGTON — More sewer expansion is coming up in Farmington with the aid of a $150,000 grant.

Mayor Dale Fortenberry said the town has been notified it will receive a Small Municipal and Limited Population Counties Grant Program award in that amount for extension of service to an additional 30 to 40 homes in the County Road 119 and County Road 130 area. This includes a new subdivision with about 10 homes and could also help spur development on a 40-acre site, the mayor said.

“We’ve got the plans drawn and on the table. As soon as we get the OK to start, we will advertise for bids,” said Fortenberry.

The grant requires no local match.

With the recently completed Pine Valley expansion and the upcoming expansion, the town will have extended service to more than 95 percent of the area that was originally condemned by the health department, he said.

The Pine Valley project was funded through an EPA grant of $253,000 and a low-interest loan of $227,120 through the Department of Environmental Quality.

In other news from Farmington:

• The board approved a policy authorizing the mayor to determine whether a special board meeting will be called to make a decision on special circumstances for sewer bill payments. The policy was prompted by requests from customers for checks to be held until a certain date.

• The board approved a Girl Scout troop’s use of the municipal building for meetings.

• Aldermen approved a $500 expenditure on candy for the annual Halloween Trunk or Treat event.

• The board approved the police department’s purchase of a Ford Explorer at a cost of $25,706.
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