Commissioners OK sewer project

Effort could promote growth at 64 and 85
Dec. 13, 2012 @ 02:42 PM

Davidson County Commissioners approved construction for a sewer project Tuesday, as the Board held its last scheduled meeting of 2012.
After extensive discussion, the Commissioners signed off on a $770,566 bid from Kernersville-based Page and Associates. The project, which is set to begin at the corner of U.S. Hwy.  64 East and Interstate 85, is designed to lure commercial developers.
"The intent was to hopefully make that a more commercial area...for economic development, retail, restaurants and stores," said Zeb Hanner, assistant county manager.
That notion was validated by Libba Kennedy, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker, who spoke during the public address segment. Kennedy said she has worked diligently to sell property at the interchange, but has been unsuccessful due to the absence of sewer.
Bids for the project ranged from $675,374 to $1,196,542. The $675,374  bid from Advanced Development Concepts was withdrawn, as approved by the Commissioners during the meeting, which left Page and Associates as the low bidder.
Despite the $770,000 price tag, that initial estimate is not set in stone. An element of the project requires boring underneath Highway 64. Prospective bidders were asked to submit their bids in the event they encounter soil and a separate bid if they encounter rock.
Commissioners were assured this project could be completed for far less than expected.
"If no rock is encountered, the whole project will be completed for $564,000 and some change," said Ben Palmer, an engineer with Davis-Martin-Powell and Associates.
Tuesday's meeting was the first for the Board's newest member, Steve Jarvis. It was also the first meeting with Commissioner Fred McClure serving as chairman.
Among other items addressed during the meeting, commissioners also received the county's annual financial report, which proved satisfactory.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.