RED SPRINGS — Red Springs leaders took steps Tuesday to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s help to pay for drainage work in the Thurlow Street area.
Town commissioners heard from Bill Roark, an engineer with McGill Associates, about options for developing and installing infrastructure that would prevent flooding. According to Roark, no option for drainage would “take care of everything” in this low-lying area.
“We looked at a lot of options, but most are just not feasible,” he said. “They are too expensive to consider.”
Red Springs commissioners contracted with McGill for a $6,900 study to analyze the existing drainage system and offer options for preventing severe flooding in the area. The study, and a resolution from town officials showing support for the findings of the study, are needed as a part of the process for getting FEMA to pay for the project.
The best option would be to construct a retention pond, Roark said. The estimated cost to build the pond is between $300,000 and $500,000. That price does not include the cost of buying the land on which to build the pond.
The commissioners also voted Tuesday in favor of a resolution to continue the town’s implementation of a $2.25 million Community Development Block Grant for sanitary sewer improvements in the Mill Village area.
The proposed route of a new sewer line had to be realigned after it was discovered that several houses are built over the existing lines, said David Honeycutt, of McGill Associates.
“The price for the new alignment of pipe is about the same as the estimate for the original project,” Honeycutt said. “The reason for that is while there is less pipe being used, what is being used and going into the ground has to be placed at a deeper depth.”
The commissioners approved adding a fair housing policy as required to obtain and maintain the grant.
The town also recognized George Hall as the town’s Citizen of the Month. Hall is involved in numerous community organizations and activities. He has served as chairman of the Red Springs Planning Board and was the Red Springs Public Works director for 13 years.
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.