Water plant to receive new office and laboratory

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The Roxboro City Council unanimously approved a Capital Project Ordinance to build a new office and laboratory at the water plant.

City of Roxboro Public Services Director Andy Oakley said Burlington-based architectural, engineering and surveying company Alley, Williams, Carmen and King Inc. conducted a study last year to assess the plant’s office and laboratory needs.

Oakley said that the next step is getting a detailed plan from Alley, Williams, Carmen and King Inc. Once plans are developed, the city can request bids from contractors.

However, Oakley said that probably won’t be until next summer.

Oakley said the city was given a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit last year. With that permit comes additional standards of testing for the byproducts of the water treatment process. To meet these standards, the plant will need additional lab personnel and equipment.

The project will also build a permanent building for the plant’s office which has been operating out of a trailer for about 20 years, according to Oakley.

City Manager Brooks Lockhart said that the project will build a new state-of-the-art laboratory for the city’s drinking water to continue to meet North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Resources standards.

Oakley spoke of the lasting effect of the new project.

“We’re building something that will last well into the future,” Oakley said.

Lockhart said the only fully-funded portion is the design process.

Lockhart said any construction over $500,000 will need to follow a bidding process and win approval by the council.

In a report to city council, City Finance Director Dan Craig said the city has allotted $1 million for the project – $150,000 for the design and $850,000 for construction.

“It could be more than that balance of $850,000 to build it – and it probably will be,” Craig said. “But this is to get the capital project established and we will amend as we know more.”

Craig said there is no time frame in place for the project currently.

“It might be a year out before we’re really building this,” Craig said.

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