County to Seek Meeting With Robbins on Water
Moore County will approach the Robbins Town Board of Commissioners for a joint meeting to discuss a “tweaked” water resource option.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners reached consensus on the issue during the Thursday afternoon session of its annual business retreat at the Senior Enrichment Center.
The board’s decision does not mean that several alternative water options are being abandoned.
Commissioner Nick Picerno said he just wants to take a closer look at the Robbins situation. He also expressed interest in joining a consortium involving other water systems.
“This is a Moore County system, and Robbins is in Moore County,” Picerno said.
Public Works Director Randy Gould presented a series of options, including estimated costs over 10 years and over 30 years. Options included Harnett County, Sanford, Laurinburg, Asheboro, the WestPoint-Stevens facility near Wagram and drilling new wells, as well as Robbins.
Gould estimated that it would cost $37.6 million to carry out the Robbins options for the 10- to 30-year period.
Estimated 10-year costs for the Robbins option were listed as $20 million, covering raw water intake and pump upgrades, a new water plant and pump, and a 20-inch line from the plant to the Robbins tank. This would include the first phase of the proposed North West Moore Water District and a booster pump station on N.C. 705.
Moving into the 30-year plan, the option with Robbins was estimated at $17.4 million, including a tank on N.C. 73, a 16-inch line on Mount Carmel Road, and lines along N.C. 73 and N.C. 211 to Seven Lakes.
Board members considered the possibility that the North West Moore Water District may never be developed because sparse population may make the project impractical in the largely rural area.
Gould said it would take about two weeks to tweak the Robbins option as requested by the board, and the commissioners asked County Manager Cary McSwain to get in touch with the Robbins town leadership to make arrangements for a joint meeting. This meeting would be an open session.
Earlier in the retreat, the commissioners heard budget projections from the Moore County school system and Sandhills Community College.
Mike Griffin, finance officer and interim school superintendent, said he did not have specific budget projections from the state. College President John Dempsey said Sandhills would probably request a 3 percent increase in operational costs, largely because of building additions.
Presentations were also made by Partners in Progress Director Pat Corso, entrepreneur specialist John Parker, Information Technology Director Darlene Yudell and Scot Brooks, of the Public Safety office, on the VIPER emergency communications system.
See the Sunday edition of The Pilot for more details on the retreat.
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