Kingsport Times-News: Norton moves ahead on Clear Creek water funding

Norton moves ahead on Clear Creek water funding

Mike Still • Mar 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM

 NORTON – City Council has agreed to seek more funds for one of two water projects slated to serve almost 60 customers.

On City Manager Fred Ramey, Jr’s recommendation, council members voted 4-0 Tuesday to authorize Ramey to apply to the state Department of Health’s Water Supply Assistant Grants program.

If successful, the application would help fund the third phase of the city’s Clear Creek water line replacement project in the Ramsey section of the city’s western end. Ramey outlined funding progress for the project and for the planned Josephine community line replacement project.

The first two phases of the Clear Creek project are expected to start in April, Ramey told council, and will cost $276,400 in state grant money to replace just under 2,700 feet of existing water line serving 27 connections in that area. Phase three, if funded, would extend that line replacement

The Josephine project, on the city’s western end, is also funded for two phases with $295,200 in state grant funds and would replace just under 2,600 feet of water line serving 27 customers, Ramey said. That project also will start in about 30 days.

Both projects will take between three and four months to complete, Ramey said.

In other business, City Fire Chief Todd Lagow told council members that the city’s Rescue Squad now has a new, fully state-permitted ambulance. The $250,000 ambulance is the first new-build vehicle the rescue squad has had in 20 years, Lagow said, and includes a 700-pound capacity patient lift system to ease squad members’ effort in boarding patients.

Lagow said the vehicle’s cost was met with $36,000 in city support along with state grant funding and a remaining $6,000 that the rescue squad should be able to cover through fundraising proceeds from its bingo program.

Ramey later asked board members to consider approval in April a regular four-year update to the city’s management plan. That plan is required by the state Department of Emergency Services, he said, and covers a variety of preparations and plans for disaster response.

Ramey also reviewed progress on several downtown revitalization projects, including the ongoing Project Apple to upgrade the city’s Farmers Market with parking facilities and outdoor amenities. That project, he said, complements the ongoing construction of the Sugar Hill Cidery and restaurant in an old car dealership adjacent to the market building.

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