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FPU seeks CDBG grant funds for sewer

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:27 am

Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) is once again applying for grant funds to assist with sewer rehab in the Tanyard Branch Basin area.

FPU’s board of directors last week agreed to submit an application for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). FPU’s sewer rehab project has narrowly missed being approved in previous rounds of grant awards.

The total project cost is estimated at $584,416, with grant funding totaling $450,000 and FPU agreeing to provide the matching contribution of $134,416.

The Tanyard Branch Basin area has some of the oldest sewer infrastructure in town.

In other business during last week’s board of directors meeting, Britt Dye, CEO and general manager, told board members that bids had been opened for the first phase of the city limit low pressure sewer extension project. Those bids are being reviewed and references checked before a bid is awarded, Dye said.

Areas in Phase I include portions of Sherwood/Robinhood Road, Lewisburg Highway, Marrs and Old Mulberry roads, Chenault Ford Road, Dunroamin Lane and Payton Trail.

In other business, Dye noted that FPU had closed on the purchase of the Bonner property on Market Street near FPU’s headquarters. Cost for the property was $18,000.

According to Dye, the property was purchased to expand office space, allowing for, among other things, additional security under the system’s Red Flag Policy, adopted in 2008 and designed to protect sensitive customer information. Expanded office space will allow customer service representatives to obtain and discuss sensitive information in private areas, ensuring confidentiality. The Red Flag rule is a federal regulation from the Federal Trade Commission.

FPU will begin taking bids for demolition of the structure on the Market Street property, as well as the installation of fencing there.