Last updated: February 03. 2014 12:36PM - 538 Views
By - cwarner@civitasmedia.com

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LOCKHART — A boat ramp, water and sewer upgrades, economic development, and a drug store are top priorities for the Town of Lockhart.

The Lockhart Town Council voted unanimously Thursday to accept a Needs Assessment developed by the town in cooperation with the Catawba Council of Governments. The needs assessment lists eight projects that are top priorities for the town. The list is included in a letter the town recently sent to Union County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair explaining the needs of the community including:

• A boat ramp that will benefit not only the Town of Lockhart but anyone that may be interest in having access to the Broad River along the banks of the river in Lockhart. This has been a dream of ours for many years and we feel this could be a vital tool in seeing growth, excitement, more fishing, and countless other wonderful things happening in our small town. We, the mayor and council, are 100 percent behind this endeavor and ask the Union County Council for their support in backing this endeavor.

• Continue the replacement and upgrade of old, deteriorated and corroded sanitary sewer system in order to prevent sewage overflow and infiltration.

• Upgrade the existing 6-inch water lines in the back alleys and upgrade the water service lines to the residences. These were not upgraded with previous projects.

• Promote economic development through the expansion of infrastructure to serve prospective industries and industrial sites.

• Provide affordable housing opportunities for elderly and low and moderate income citizens.

• Improve housing, through the rehabilitation of substandard housing and demolition of dilapidated housing.

• Construct a drug store and other retail stores.

• Promote Fair Housing opportunities for the citizens of Lockhart.

Ashe said the list is part of the town’s efforts to apply for and obtain a $500,000 grant for sewage line replacement and upgrade.

“The main reason for this Needs Assessment is that we are applying for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant through the COG,” Ashe said. “We have previously had five $500,000 grants through the COG since 2002.”

Billing And Collection Agreement

In other business, council voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the town and Lockhart Power allowing the company to handle the billing and collection of water, sewer, and garbage collection services provided by the town.

Ashe said this was the annual renewal of an arrangement the town has had with Lockhart Power for years. She said the company will include the water, sewer and garbage collection fees on the power bills it sends out to Lockhart area residents. Ashe said Lockhart Power then sends the town the money it collects for water, sewer, and garbage collection services. She said there is a section on the company’s power bill designating the funds being collected for the town.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.

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