County Balks On Water Study Funds
Local leaders and residents might be asked to donate funds to cover the county's share of the cost of a regional water system study.
The Lumber River Council of Governments has received a grant from the N.C. Rural Center for Economic Development to cover about half the estimated cost of almost $80,000, according to state Rep. Jamie Boles, who helped to organize the regional water effort.
Several towns in Moore County, including Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Aberdeen and Pinebluff, have agreed to contribute, but the county declined, Boles said. Scotland and Robeson counties and their towns are also participating.
"If Moore County doesn't pay the $2,500, then we're going to ask the citizens to donate the money for the county," a disappointed Boles said Thursday morning.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meeting on the subject this morning. It's possible someone may pass the hat during the meeting.
Boles said "the citizens are smart enough to recognize" the county's need for water resources to strengthen economic growth throughout the region.
However, County Commissioner Larry Caddell said that the Board of Commissioners never committed to allocate any money for the study. He added that the county never had any significant interest in developing the water and sewer facilities on the Lumber River, but instead was willing to be a partner in the study, provided a grant could be obtained.
"We had been promised that if we participated, there would be no cost to the county," Caddell said Thursday. "We feel like we made a deal, and they didn't live up to it."
The facilities at the heart of the study formerly served a huge textile plant near Wagram in Scotland County.
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