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Commissioners to finalize documents for $1.5 million sewer line

SALISBURY – When the Rowan County commissioners meet today, they will consider approval of grant documents that will enable the extension of a sewer line to online pet product retailer Chewy.com’s planned fulfillment center.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. today in the Rowan County Administration Building, at 130 W. Innes St. The board’s regular Monday meeting was rescheduled because of Labor Day.

Rowan County has been awarded a $1.5 million Community Development Block Grant to extend sewer lines to the site of the new Chewy facility, located at Long Ferry Road and Interstate 85. And the Economic Development Commission is requesting approval and execution of multiple documents as part of the grant award process.

The documents include a grant agreement, funding approval notice, signatory form and certification, vendor electronic payment form, request for release of CDBG funds and categorical exclusion certification.

The EDC’s request to commissioners states that once the grant documents are received by the appropriate state agencies, the Department of Commerce will issue a “release of funds” that authorizes the commissioners to execute a contract with its selected contractor to construct the sewer line.

The project will include installing 4,000 linear feet of 16-inch gravity sewer line to the fulfillment center, a letter from the Rural Economic Development Division of the Department of Commerce says.

“For the renovation project, Chewy sewer project (Project Kodiak) will commit to hire 385 employees, in the two years with at least 60% of the jobs going to persons in low- to moderate-income households,” the letter stated.

In other business:

• Further discussion about the next steps for West End Plaza renovations is on the agenda. The commissioners have proposed renovating a portion of the facility to house agricultural agencies and create an events center.

• Anthony Vann, assistant superintendent of operations for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools, is seeking approval to submit a capital fund grant application that could provide the district with as much as $10 million for the construction of a new school.

• The planning staff will propose a series of amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinance to incorporate recommendations from adopted land use plans. The recommendations are primarily related to rural home occupations, permitted uses with special requirements, and neighborhood business standards.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office is requesting to participate in the 2019 Walmart Foundation grant cycle for the Shop With a Cop program.

• The Sheriff’s Office is requesting to apply for the 2019 Foundation for the Carolinas grant cycle.

• The Rowan County Department of Social Services and One Church One Child are seeking permission to apply for the 2019 Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation Grant.

• The Facilities Management Department of Parks and Recreation is requesting an addition of two custodial staff positions, which will bring the total number of positions to eight.

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