Water pumps purchase approved

Published 10:43 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

JACKSON – At their regularly scheduled meeting here Monday, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved spending $93,817 to replace two water pumps, with piping upgrades, at the Zion Booster Pump Station.

Public Works Director Jason Morris said the two pumps were installed during Phase One of the county’s water system upgrades in Nov. 1988.

One of the pumps is now inoperable and the parts to repair it are not available due to its age. The other pump is now handling all booster pump duties, but it is the same age as the broken pump.

In order to keep the water flowing, Morris recommended to the commissioners that two new pumps needed to be purchased and updates performed at the pumping station, such as new pipe work, a chlorine pump, and painting and coating the pipe work.

Morris said the Public Works staff would do most of the work and be finished with the upgrade prior to Aug. 1.

Water customers would have no interruption in service.

Commissioner Robert Carter asked County Manager Kimberly Turner is there were sufficient funds available. She said yes, and the board passed the pump station repairs and upgrades unanimously.

The board then convened as the Board of Equalization and Review to accept tax appeals, but none were submitted. The Board of E & R will reconvene at 6:20 p.m. May 16.