Johnston County Commissioners last week heard updates on two utility projects.
Clayton’s sewage-treatment plant can’t handle the large amount of wastewater coming from industrial plants in the town’s service area. In the spring, the county ran a test to see if its treatment plant could handle the load. The test went well, and the county will take on the extra wasterwater, although its plant will need $750,000 in improvements.
“Clayton doesn’t have the available capacity to treat that and we do, so we’ve agreed to take that wastewater,” said Chandra Coats, the county’s public utilities director.
The county is applying for an N.C. Department of Commerce grant to pay for half of the improvement project. The other half will come from Clayton, Coats said.
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Also last week, commissioners awarded a $988,000 contract for a leg of the Wilson’s Mills-to-Cleveland water line. Park Construction Corp. of Morrisville won the bid.
The money will run a 16-inch water main along Cleveland Road from Wellons Road to Swift Creek Drive.
This is the third phase of the project, which began in 2011. “It’s going to give us a more reliable supply to the western part of the county to meet our future needs,” Coats said.
The commissioners agreed to allow the fire department and EMS squad in Four Oaks to move forward with a building they will share.
Commissioners praised the two departments for working well together and finding ways to save money. The two departments will share in the cost, and commissioners agreed to let them spend the first $30,000 toward the project.
Commissioner Ted Godwin said this kind of teamwork between fire departments and EMS squads is rare. “I think it behooves the county to support that effort in ever way we can and to keep that going as long as we can,” he said.
Pat Goddard, head of the county’s tax office, announced her retirement. Her last day is Dec. 31.
“In my time here, I’ve enjoyed working with each and every one of you,” she told the commissioners. “I’ve enjoyed working with the administrative staff. I’ve enjoyed all the other department heads and the county staff.”
Goddard added that she has especially enjoyed working with the county’s citizens.
Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Carver said he spoke for the board when he said, “We appreciate everything you’ve done.”