Culvert project to be finished by Nov. 25

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 7, 2011

By Mark Wineka
GRANITE QUARRY ó The contractor for the Brookwood Drive culvert plans to be finished by Nov. 25.
ěItís a tight schedule,î Granite Quarry Alderman Jake Fisher said Monday night after Town Engineer Jeff Moody shared all the things that have to be done this month to meet the new completion date.
ěIf he has one rain day, heís going to miss it,î Mayor Pro Tem Bill Feather predicted.
Horsepower Site Services of Charlotte won a $279,021 contract for the work in February. But its work was delayed 89 days, mostly for the relocation of overhead utility lines.
Aldermen approved a change order in the contract making the ěsubstantial completion dateî Oct. 25 and the final completion date Nov. 25.
According to the contract, liquidated damages could be assessed if the project isnít finished by the new completion date.
Moodyís outline for the remaining work included storm drain piping, the placing of rip-rap, removing granite and preparing the road for proof roll. Other tasks involve laying down a stone base, pouring curb and gutter, paving the street and dressing up the site.
The paving is supposed to occur Nov. 23. Moody said he hopes to have a pre-paving meeting with Horsepower to talk about parking and driveway access for residents.
In other matters, aldermen:
Passed a resolution that opposes the combination of judicial and prosecutorial districts in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners also have gone on record against the combining of the districts.
After the fact, proclaimed Nov. 4 Claude Lyerly Day in Granite Quarry to mark Lyerlyís 100th birthday. He is the only surviving charter member of the Granite Quarry Civitan Club, founded in 1945.
Lyerly is the former owner-operator of the Fifty-Fifty grocery store in Salisbury. He attended Monday nightís meeting with his wife, Pauline, and their oldest son, Brantley.
Lyerly has been recognized lately by the Civitans, Christiana Lutheran Church and at a family party. Now the town has weighed in.
ěI donít know what coming next,î he said, offering to let the board know when he finds out.
Recognized members of the Granite Quarry Fire Departmentís Junior Muster Team. They included Andrew Ciarmello, Chase Lyerly, Chris Streetman, Emma Leigh Herring, Candace Fraley, Sarah West and Alaina Webb.
The team competed in the recent Junior Muster at Millerís Ferry Fire Department. It placed third in the water ball competition. Other events included tasks such as pulling hoses through an obstacle course and getting in and out of turnout gear.
Chief David Morris said the team showed good sportsmanship and spent many hours in training for the muster. He said he looks forward to the day the young firefighters turn 18 and can become full-fledged members of the department.
Police Chief Mark Cook reminded citizens the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be having a testing of the national emergency alert system (EAS) at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The nationwide test may last up to three-and-a-half minutes. The public will hear a message indicating that ěThis is a test.î
The National-level EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the president of the United States to address the public during extreme emergencies. Similar to local EAS tests that are conducted frequently, the nationwide test will involve broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline providers across all states and territories.
Learned that Santa Claus will be at Town Hall from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4. Children and their parents who want to meet Santa are being encouraged to attend. Refreshments and treat bags are provided. Cameras also are welcome.
Learned from Mayor Mary Ponds that the town will not participate in the Holiday Caravan in Salisbury this year. ěThe parade used to be free, but now they charge you,î Ponds said. ěWe think thereís a better use for the money.î
Ponds said the Holiday Caravan was going to charge the town $100 for its officials to ride in the parade.
Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.