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Street contract award on commissioners' agenda


Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will consider awarding its first contract to aid a local subdivision in upgrading its streets during today's 6 p.m. meeting.

Carolina Earth Movers is one of three companies that bid on a project to repair and repave Woodmoor Drive and a portion of Trail End Drive which are located in Woodmoor subdivision, located approximately 5 miles southeast of Greenville. The contract is for $127,866 and includes a 10 per contingency fee.

The commissioners approved a policy three years ago where the county will supply up to $220,000 to repair roads in existing subdivisions so they can be added to the state highway system. The property owners along the road repay the county through an assessment.

Seventy-five percent of a subdivision’s property owners, representing 75 percent of the ownership of the lineal feet of frontage abutting the street, had to sign a petition supporting the assessment.

Woodmoor’s property owners collected 90 percent of the necessary signatures. The signers owned nearly 89 percent of the road frontage involved in the project.

When the project was put out to bid in November it was estimated the property owners' assessment would be slightly less than $1,000 annually over a 10-year period.

Also on tonight's agenda:

• A report on information collected earlier this month during the two-day application session for the hazard mitigation grant program, more commonly called the buyout project.

Staff will recommend if the county should pursue all three available mitigation grants — buyouts, elevation and/or reconstruction — or if the county should limit the ones it should pursue.

• A review of the Candlewick sewer project. Under the rules of the state grant being used from the sewer project, the county's deadline for authorizing a contract on the project is April 10. However, the lowest bid was nearly double the amount originally scheduled for the project and negotiations are ongoing to see if adjustments can be made to match the budget. The commissioners will consider submitting a letter to the granting agency seeking a deadline extension.

• A public hearing on zoning map amendments.

• Recognition of Eagle Scouts.

Contact Ginger Livingston at 329-9570 and glivingtson@reflector.com.