The project to repair and upgrade the town’s ailing wastewater treatment plant was given the green light when the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners accepted a $5.5 million state grant to begin construction.
The board’s approval was sent to the state Office of Budget Management.
Now, the project engineer will send a scope of work document to the same state office.
Those two actions out of the way mean the funds should be sent to the town and banked into a special account by the end of November.
The $5.5 million grant is from Disaster Recovery funds, and the town will also be allowed to recover the $550,000 it has already spent at the plant due to disaster issues.
Preliminary engineering and environmental impact work has also already been completed.
Mount Olive is now several steps ahead of the game, according to Town Manager Charles Brown.
Once the money is in the bank, the town will put the project out for bid, he said.
The bidding process will be open for 30 days, he added.
When the bids are awarded and pre-construction meetings are completed, the actual work will kick off.
Brown estimates that will be some time in March or April. He anticipates the construction project to last about 18 months to two years.