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Council to consider contract related to improvement project

By Staff
Grant provides funding to rehabilitate houses, change water, sewer lines
By MIKE VOSS
Contributing Editor
During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council will consider authorizing the city manager to negotiate a contract not to exceed $95,000 with Holland Consulting Planners to administer a community revitalization project in the city.
The city is the recipient of an $850,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve a neighborhood and rehabilitate homes of some low-income and moderate-income residents. The project area includes parts of West Sixth and West Seventh streets.
The project’s goal is to improve substandard housing and infrastructure in an area of West Seventh Street between Market and Respess streets and an area along West Sixth Street from Bridge Street to Van Norden Street.
The project calls for doing work to five severely deteriorated houses in the West Seventh Street area. It also calls for replacing a 4-inch water line with an 8-inch water line, replacing a substandard sewer line and resurfacing the street.
In the West Sixth Street area, the project calls for rehabilitating five severely deteriorated houses. It also calls for replacing a 2-inch water line with an 8-inch water line, replacing a substandard sewer line and resurfacing the street. The project also calls for combining seven vacant lots so three new housing units can be built in the area.
The project budget is $970,000. The contract amount ($95,000) is 11.2 percent of the grant and 9.8 percent of the project budget.
A draft copy of revised rules and regulations for Warren Field Airport, which is owned by the city, is included in council members’ agenda book for their review. Copies of the draft are available for review by the public.
As a result of new activities such as parachute jumping at the airport, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is recommending the city’s rules and regulations regarding the airport be revised to reduce the city’s liability for activities at the airport.
Major changes to the airport’s rules and regulations center around fueling operations, fire regulations, ultra-light aircraft, parachute jumping and the hangar-rental policy.
The council’s meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building at 102 E. Second St.