Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

By Mark Wineka
Salisbury Post
Salisbury City Council has approved a $580,000 water main extension to serve “The Village at Granite,” a new residential subdivision proposed off Faith Road.
T&F Developers will pay the full cost of the water main extension of 5,700 feet. The 12-inch water main will be extended east from The Gables at Kepley Farm.
Once the project is completed, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities would assume ownership of the new waterline.
The residential subdivision lies within Granite Quarry’s zoning jurisdiction.
Council also has awarded a $69,980 contract to DPR Associates Inc. for engineering associated with the project.
In another utilities matter, council approved amendments to its 2001 Memorandum of Understanding with East Spencer.That agreement stipulated that Salisbury will operate and maintain East Spencer’s water and sewer system for a fee. Over the past two years, East Spencer has passed a bond referendum and obtained loans and grants for making improvements to its waterlines.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is one of the funding agents, and it has asked Salisbury and East Spencer to make changes to the 2001 agreement.
It asks Salisbury to establish a “system maintenance” account, to which East Spencer will supply the funds, to make sure money will be available for system repairs as needed.
Salisbury also will establish with East Spencer funds a debt service account to ensure that money is available for debt service payments.
In other action, City Council:
– Approved the site plan for a new Biscuitville restaurant at the Westland Shopping Center off Jake Alexander Boulevard. The Biscuitville will be located where Foster’s Prime Sirloin once stood.
– Approved a site plan for renovations and additions at Gerry Wood Kia, 529 Jake Alexander Blvd.
– Awarded a $29,500 contract to Martin Starnes & Associates to perform the city’s 2008 audit.
– Recognized the city’s Finance Department for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 18th time and the finance staff for its 14th consecutive year of earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263, or mwineka