Columbus News Briefs

Published 9:16 am Friday, April 26, 2013

Columbus WWTP project receives notice to proceed

• The Town of Columbus will soon begin construction on upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant. Columbus Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe updated council on April 18 that a pre-construction meeting was held on April 10 with the town, the contractor, Buchanan and Sons and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The contractor’s notice to proceed was issued effective April 15, Kanipe said, with the contractor having one year to complete the project. Mobilization efforts will occupy the next month with construction beginning quickly from there, Kanipe said.

Columbus completes spring street clean-up

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• During its April 18 meeting, Columbus Town Council heard from councilwoman Ernie Kan who said the town’s first street cleanup was done the first Saturday in April. She said five residents showed up and they got much of Hwy. 108 cleaned up. Kan said another clean up will be scheduled at a later date.

Columbus approves closing a portion of West Miller Street

• After holding a public hearing on April 18 with no public comments, Columbus Town Council agreed to close a portion of West Miller Street, specifically between Walker and Denton Streets. The town approved the closure contingent on property owners who requested the closure paying any costs related to the closure.

Lunch prices at Polk Schools to increase again

• Student lunches will increase by 2 percent or 5 cents in the coming school year to meet federal mandates. This requirement is aimed at equalizing the student lunch prices and the amount the federal government pays for students on the free and reduced lunch program. Charlotte Financial Officer, Sullivan said next year there would be the availability of paying lunches online.