Aberdeen Seeks Stimulus Funds for Fire Station Expansion
Stimulus money in the form of a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will pay most of the cost of expanding the Aberdeen fire station.
The Aberdeen Town Board voted 4-0 Monday night to approve seeking the loan. Mayor Betsy Mofield and board member Alan Parker were absent.
The total amount of the project is $1,423,300. The loan will cover $1,144,900, with a grant covering $203,400 and the town paying the other $75,000, said Allen Hart with the U.S. Department of Agriculture The federal loan comes from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Hart presented an overview of the loan agreement to the Town Board prior to the vote.
"If we can agree tonight," Hart said, "we should have final approval in seven to 10 days."
Once the loan is approved, the town can seek construction bids. The town will not know the actual cost of the project until the bids are received.
"All this (loan agreement) does is allow us to take bids," Town Manager Bill Zell said.
The expansion will add 4,195 square feet to the existing building on Holly Street. The expansion incudes 600 square feet for storage, as well as space for an emergency operations center, offices, a training center, living quarters, a workout area, a new kitchen and a new conference room.
The board approved a site plan for the expansion during its work session two weeks ago. The expansion will be added to the side of the building that borders Peach Street.
In other business, the board voted unanimously to approve a site plan for construction of a concession stand at Southern Middle School. The 1,293-square-foot building will include restrooms and a storage room.
The board unanimously approved a five-year water purchase contract with Moore County.
The town will sell the county up to 230,000 gallon per day at a cost of $2.10 per 1,000 gallons. That price will net the town $176,300 per year.
"Somewhere in the county, somebody is going to enjoy Aberdeen water," Commis-sioner Robbie Farrell said.
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