DATE: November 2, 2022
The Town of Stokesdale has successfully owned and operated a municipal water system for nearly 20 years. The Town water system is a public enterprise with its own separate operating budget. The Town’s number of water customers has increased by roughly 35 percent in the last 3 years.
- In 2020, the Town was awarded a grant from the State of North Carolina for municipal water system improvements in the amount of $1,154,081 to be obligated by June 30th, 2023 (extended from an initial obligation date of June 30th, 2022).
- In July of 2021 and July of 2022 the Town received $725,474 in total from two separate equal disbursements from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan. This money must be obligated by December 31, 2024.
- In August of 2022 the Guilford County Commissioners voted unanimously to award the Town of Stokesdale $3,113,038 for strategic water system improvements. Guilford County awarded the Town this money from their $104 million dollar grant from the Federal Government under the American Rescue Plan. This money must be obligated by December 31, 2024.
These 3 grants to the Town of Stokesdale amount to a total of $4,992,593, of which $4,267,119 shall be used for the Town’s municipal water system improvement and capital investment needs.
The Stokesdale Town Council has conducted a series of public water work shop meetings that have occurred every other week since August to discuss capital investments and improvements to the Town’s water system using these grant monies. Town staff, the North Carolina Rural Water Association, and the Town’s On-Call Engineering Firm have played a key role in advising The Town Council during these workshops.
The Town of Stokesdale will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10th 2022 at 7pm at Stokesdale Town Hall. This meeting is open to the public. Citizen Comments are part of every Regularly Scheduled Town Council Meeting (once at the beginning and once at the end).
The current proposed agenda will include a Council discussion for potential Water System projects. Projects that will be discussed are:
- Extending the water system to run approximately 3 miles of water main from Coldwater Road to Highway 65 to Oak Level Church Road there by effectively looping the current system, providing municipal water to a historically underserved quadrant of Stokesdale in comparison to the other three Town quadrants, and providing a second water main into the Town Core.
- Additional system improvement projects such as adding a stirrer/diffuser in the elevated water tank and upgrading the current pressure reducing valve to an electronic control valve that would include modifications to the elevated water tank controls will be discussed.
The above discussion items are not all-inclusive and additional water system projects could be discussed as well.
Looking ahead to the November 10th Town Council Meeting, The Town Council will not be voting to obligate or expend these large amounts of grant monies. However, council discussion could lead to a vote to initiate the RFQ and RFP processes from potential vendors for engineering, design, surveying, and construction work per the North Carolina General Statutes for specific projects. A RFQ is a request for qualifications and is part of qualifying potential proponents (companies) in accordance with North Carolina Local government entities’ procurement process. Only proponents who successfully respond to the RFQ and meet the qualification criteria will be included in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) or Request for Bid processes.
Dale Martin, Town Clerk
Town of Stokesdale, NC