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January 16, 2014

Council approves plumbing for parkway

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council voted this week to take the next two steps required to install the plumbing infrastructure which is expected to help open up the southwestern edge of the city to economic development.

As part of the consent calendar on Tuesday’s regular session agenda, the council authorized professional services agreements with Freese and Nichols, for the design of a one million gallon per day lift station for the region, and with Stovall and Associates for the surveying and easements needed for the life station, as well as a sewer force main and gravity line.

In 1998, the City of Greenville annexed more than 4,000 acres, including property in the area along Interstate 30 between FM 1570 and Monty Stratton Parkway, although sanitary sewer and water service was never installed in the region.

The region has been identified as having the most potential for future growth in Greenville, as development moves toward the city from the west.

City Manager Massoud Ebrahim has said the city needs to start installing the infrastructure now, if it expects to take advantage of interest from those wishing to locate along the corridor.

In October 2012, the council entered into a contract with Freese and Nichols for the preliminary design of the regional lift station.

The initial results of the study revealed the work would include not only building and installing the lift station, but also gravity pipelines and force mains to run the effluent to the wastewater treatment station on the east side of Greenville.

Freese and Nichols will now complete the formal design of the lift station, at a cost of $245,170. Stovall and Associates would complete a survey and the easement plat/legal description for the lift station project, at a cost of $38,600.

Ebrahim has proposed completing the entire project in stages, with the first phase calling for the installation of approximately 35,000 feet of pipeline and the lift station, at an estimated cost of $5 million. The total project is expected to cost approximately $12 million.

Current businesses along the corridor, at least some of whom currently operate on septic systems, would be charged a “tap fee” to be included on the sanitary sewer system once it is installed.

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