New business, sewer lines coming to Chocowinity

Published 9:33 pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CHOCOWINITY — The last requirement before Family Dollar builds a new store in Chocowinity was met at the Chocowinity Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

In response to a request made by Aston Properties Inc. on behalf of Family Dollar Stores, commissioners voted unanimously to subdivide the lot where the proposed store will be located. Subdividing the lot on U.S. Highway 17 Business near Bragaw Lane, which was shared with Handy Mart Convenience Store, satisfies the zoning requirement that each lot have only one primary use.

“It (construction) should be happening shortly,” said Joy McRoy, Chocowinity’s town clerk. “This was the last thing that they needed to go ahead and start building.”

Another project in the wings — replacement of the sewer system — is moving forward as Town Attorney Keith Mason continues to track down landowners to secure easements for the project extending from a regional pump station on Old Blounts Creek Road to a main pump station at Bragaw Lane.

The $3.8 million project will expand capacity for sewer lines built for Cypress Landing nearly two decades ago. Since then, other neighborhoods have sprung up in the surrounding area, necessitating a larger sewer system that will be able to handle continued residential growth. According to McRoy, the town expects to put the project out for bid in August.

Public Works Director Kevin Brickhouse reported on a new generator delivered to the Chocowinity Police Department since the last board meeting.

“She is a hoss of a generator, “ Brickhouse said.

The gently used generator was bought at a bargain price in hopes to avoid the 2 1/2-day power outage caused by Hurricane Irene, McRoy said. Then, police had to work out of Town Hall, which was powered by a small generator running off the town’s tractor. The new generator will be able to supply power to the police station, Town Hall and town maintenance buildings during outages.

A dog park proposed for Chocowinity Recreation Complex is still looking for funding sources. According to McRoy, Stan Cohen, who represents a group of Chocowinity residents interested in building the park, told the commissioners that the project did not qualify for two grants — one from Petco; the other a state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant — but had generated pledges from residents. The group will reassess the project July 1 and make a decision to move forward with the plan, said McRoy.

Chocowinity’s Police Chief Todd Alligood gave the monthly police report: 37 calls for service, investigation of two accidents, one arrest and 22 citations issued.