To keep from having to cut off water for an extended time to South Main Street customers, including some businesses, Raeford City Council approved spending $65,000 more than planned for storm water improvements in the area.
In a special called meeting Monday morning, the board approved the installation of valves so that asbestos cement water mains can be removed and replaced with PVC pipes. The board approved the lesser of two bids.
The expense was unanticipated, said City Manager Dennis Baxley. “During the design phase, we had discussed valves that needed to be installed to isolate the dialysis center. We knew we had a 12-inch and a six-inch water line that crossed where the culvert is being replaced, but during the discussion with the staff, only one valve was spoken of,” he said. Two valves for the six-inch line were missed.
The work is part of a project to ease flooding on Southern Avenue.
Council also set a meeting for July 9 at a.m.