UNION — The City of Union has been awarded two grants totaling $1.3 million and will use one to help fund the upgrade of the pump station serving the US 176 Corridor and the other to purchase a new fire truck.
Mayor Harold Thompson announced Tuesday that the city had received a $1 million economic development grant from the Rural Infrastructure Authority and a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant the city applied for through the Catawba Regional Council on Governments.
Pump Station Upgrade
City of Union Utility Director Joe Nichols said Tuesday that the $1 million economic development grant from the Rural Infrastructure Authority will be used to upgrade and replace the pumping systems at the Meansville Road Pump Station and Force Main. Nichols said the city sought the grant in order to upgrade the station to where it can handle the increased demand for sewer services resulting from the growth occurring along the US 176 Corridor. He said the increased demand is primarily the result of the industrial development occurring in the H. Mac Johnston and Union Commerce industrial parks off US 176.
Nichols said that preliminary estimates project the cost of the project at somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,350,000. He said while the bulk of the project will be paid for with the grant, the city will have to pay for the balance including engineering costs which the grant does not cover. Nichols said that the exact cost of the project will not be known until the completion of the 90-day bidding process. He said that he expects the renovation and upgrade of the pumping systems at the pump station to get under way sometime around April or May of 2018.
New Fire Truck
City of Union Public Safety Director Sam White said that the $300,000 Community Block Development Grant the city obtained with the help of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments will be used to purchase a new fire truck. White said the new fire truck will be used to replace a mid-1990s truck that is over 20 years old and has become increasingly costly to maintain because of the difficulty in finding spare parts and the resulting high cost caused by their scarcity. He said the acquisition of the new truck and its replacement of the old one will reduce the maintenance costs the city is now incurring due to the current vehicle’s age.
White said that while the exact cost of the new vehicle will not be known until the completion of the bidding process, he expects it to be in excess of $300,000. He said the city is required to provide a 10 percent match for the acquisition and he said it is estimated that the city’s cost will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000-40,000. Given the length of the bidding process, White said he expects the new truck will be purchased sometime in early 2018.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.