The recent abundance of wet weather brought the issue back into the spotlight as the town’s waste water treatment plant was inundated by excess water.
Town council members discussed the issue at a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 30, and decided to move forward with smoke testing.
“This has been an ongoing problem for years,” said Lockhart Mayor Ailene Ashe. “It’s just not good. We’re working on it, but it takes time to get it done.”
The town has been in contact with representatives from South Carolina Rural Water and plans are to have the testing done sometime hopefully in the next week. The test will give the council the opportunity to find where the rain water is entering the system and fix the problem. Ashe said those entry points could even be in yards. If that is the case, council members will discuss the issue with any property owners to work out a solution.
The problem might also be one the town can’t fix all at once, but Ashe added the issue will get resolved.
“It’s something we need to get done,” she said, adding the test will help the community get the issue worked out as soon as possible. “We’re doing our best to try to find those problems.”
Council members also opened and awarded bids for alley paving and sidewalk repair projects during Wednesday’s meeting.
Council members awarded the alley paving project to Cherokee Landscaping of Gaffney. The sidewalk work was awarded to general contractor TFE of Union.
The town will use state C Funds to do the work. Lockhart requested and was awarded nearly $50,000 for the projects which include several alley ways residents of the community use on a regular basis.
The town is using the state funds for paving alleys because of their high use. Due to the community’s mill village layout, alleys are used for access to properties by residents, town utilities and various other services such as garbage collection, meter reading and deliveries.
Six alleys will be paved during this project. They are:
• 290 feet from Hillcrest Drive to Union Road.
• 390 feet from Lockhart Drive to Canal Road.
• 845 feet from Hillcrest Drive to Mill Street.
• 235 feet between South First Street and South Second Street from Lockhart Drive to Union Road.
• 80 feet between North Fourth Street and North Fifth Street from Summit Drive to end.
• A 151-foot portion of the alley between North Second Street and North Third Street from Lockhart Drive to the specified length.
The estimated cost of these resurfacing projects is $29,000 and they encompass about one-half mile of town thoroughfare.
There are five areas of sidewalk the town will have repaired or replaced. They are:
• 22 feet by 4 feet between 104 and 108 South Third St. as well as removing a tree stump and cleaning a drainage ditch.
• 120 feet by 6 feet from Lockhart Town Hall to the Baptist church along Mill Street.
• 60 feet by 4 feet from town hall to the back alley along Lockhart Drive.
• 285 feet by 4 feet along South Fourth Street (South Carolina Highway 9).
• 160 feet by 4 feet from Lockhart Drive to a Union County Sheriff’s Office substation along South First Street.
The sidewalk repairs are estimated to cost around $20,000. These portions of sidewalk are old, broken and in need of these repairs.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a check for $350 for the tenant of the old armory building who is retarring the structure’s roof. The council promised the tenant the town would help with the cost of the materials needed to do the repairs.