Mantachie leaders plan to make some much-needed repairs to the town’s sewage infrastructure with the help of state funds.
Town officials say they expect to receive $150,000, allocated to them through Senate Bill 2002, in February or March of 2019. Funds for this grant were made available through the BP oil disaster settlement. The money must be allocated for infrastructure improvements.
The town is also lined up to receive a Small Municipality Grant of $120,000 through the state legislature. According to Mayor Matt Fennell, town leaders have applied for the grant for several years. With the help of the local delegation, they were finally approved.
The plan is to use the money to replace portions of the town’s aging sewage infrastructure. Town leaders say much of the system is roughly 40 years old and in poor condition.
Fennell said the state funds will be put to good use.
“Once we receive the funds, we are looking at revamping three sewer lift stations and creek crossings where erosion has caused pipes to resurface,” the mayor said. “Our plan is to fix as many things as we can before they cause other issues to arise.”
There is currently no set date for when work will begin, although it’s expected to be soon.
Although still in the early stages of planning, town officials, along with their engineering firm and Three Rivers Planning and Development, are looking at available funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to provide longterm stability for sewer system growth within both Mantachie proper and the Fawn Grove Industrial Park, to which the town provides sewer service.
The industrial park is currently home to two companies, Toyota Boshoku and Systems Automotive Interiors, which are both housed within the same facility. Mantachie leaders say they want their sewer system to be prepared to handle larger loads as more businesses locate to the industrial park.
Fennell believes it’s a smart, proactive move for the small town.
“We are hopeful this will meet the town’s current needs as well as future needs,” the mayor said.