11/3/2022 5:40:00 PM Council to discuss municipal water system capital improvement projects
Stokesdale Town Council's Nov. 10 meeting agenda includes a discussion of expanding and improving the town's water system
by CHRIS BURRITT
STOKESDALE - The Town of Stokesdale has owned and operated a municipal water system for almost 20 years and has seen a 35% growth in customers in just the last three years; as residential development continues, much more growth is anticipated in the coming years. In response, Stokesdale Town Council has been holding weekly workshops since August to discuss capital investments and improvements to the Town's water system. Town staff, North Carolina Rural Water Association, and the Town's on-call engineering firm have played a key role in advising the town council during these workshops.
Water system investment and improvement projects would be funded by using $4,267,119 of the almost $5 million in grant monies the town has received in the last few years. Of the total funds received, $1,154,081 came from a state grant for municipal water improvements; $725,474 was given to the town between July 2021 and July 2022 from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan; and this past August, Guilford County commissioners voted unanimously to award the Town of Stokesdale $3,113,038 for strategic water system improvements.
According to a press release dated Nov. 2, at the council's regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Stokesdale Town Hall, the council is expected to discuss water system projects that include:
Extending the water system to run about 3 miles of water main from Coldwater Road to Highway 65 to Oak Level Church Road, thereby effectively looping the current system, providing municipal water to a historically underserved quadrant of Stokesdale in comparison to the other three Town quadrants, and providing a second water main into the Town Core.
Additional system improvement projects such as adding a stirrer/diffuser in the elevated water tank, and upgrading the current pressure reducing valve to an electronic control valve.
According to the press release, the council "will not be voting to obligate or expend these large amounts of grant monies. However, council discussion could lead to a vote to initiate the RFQ (Request for Qualifications) and RFP (Request for Proposals) processes from potential vendors for engineering, design, surveying, and construction work per the North Carolina General Statutes for specific projects."