Murfreesboro approves resolution

Published 4:13 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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MURFREESBORO – The town of Murfreesboro will have more funds to continue their sanitary sewer system rehabilitation project, thanks to a state revolving loan/grant.

Mayor Hal Thomas presented the resolution for the funds at the town council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, July 12.

Council member David Brown motioned to pass the resolution, and Berna Stephens seconded. The vote passed unanimously. Council member Jay Revelle was unable to attend the meeting.

The funding will total $1,839,475, and is from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which is a part of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Infrastructure.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program was created in 1987 to aid local governments in financing the cost of construction for infrastructure projects ranging from wastewater treatment and wastewater collection to water supply systems and water conservation projects. Funding is available as low-interest loans, limited amount of principal forgiveness loans, or zero percent interest loans.

Murfreesboro previously used state grant funding to conduct an Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) of the town’s sewer system in 2019. That assessment revealed that much of the aging sewer system lines were in poor condition.

Based on the AIA results, the town was awarded funding from NCDEQ for rehabilitating the worst parts of the sewer system. Pandemic-related delays, however, kept the construction project from getting started until this year.