By BRAD KELLAR
With the Monty Stratton Parkway currently under construction, city officials believe it may be time to start concentrating on adding infrastructure under the ground, in order to support economic development projects wanting to locate along the new roadway.
The Greenville City Council intends this week to host public hearings, before taking votes, on spending funds to design for water lines and a lift station along the parkway. The hearings and votes are both scheduled during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Public Works Director Massoud Ebrahim is asking the Council to consider authorizing a budget amendment and a professional services agreement with Pacheco Koch for the design of water line improvements along Monty Stratton Parkway.
In a memo to the Council, Ebrahim said the improvements are being sought in conjunction with the construction of Monty Stratton between the Paris Junior College campus and Interstate 30.
“This project has opened the way for proposed growing commercial and private development along the I-30 Corridor and Monty Stratton area and has spurred a need for the construction of a water main line from I-30 to the connection at Paris Junior College to make water accessible to proposed development in the area,” Ebrahim said, adding approximately 6,300 linear feet of 12-inch water distribution main line is needed for the location. “This infrastructure is vital for future development and growth in a prime, yet underutilized area.”
Pacheco Koch has proposed designing the project for $36,251, which would require an amendment to the Utility Capital Improvement Project fund.
Ebrahim is also asking the Council to consider entering into a $94,830 contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc. for the preliminary design of a 1 million gallon per day regional lift station, which would also require a budget amendment. Ebrahim said the station is also needed to meet the potential for economic development in the Interstate 30/Monty Stratton Parkway area.
“This project would be designed to provide sanitary sewer to approximately 6,000 acres of land north and south of the I-30 Corridor and around Monty Stratton to accommodate recent, proposed and future development in that area while maintaining state requirements,” Ebrahim said.
The lift station project would require utility easement for approximately 20,000 feet of force main, as well as utility easement/right-of-way for major sanitary sewer trunk lines.
“This involves a preliminary design, survey, land acquisition and geotechnical investigation,” Ebrahim said. “This agenda item is for the preliminary design to determine the best placement, most equitable land crossings, develop hydraulic grade and system curves for optimum flow, and determine potential environmental permitting and impacts to the design and schedule.”