Town considers disaster recovery funds for needed projects

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Town officials are eyeing with interest the recent announcement from the state that $160 million is being made available in disaster recovery funds.

Mount Olive Town Commissioner Steve Wiggins noted the recovery funds in comments at the Jan. 6 meeting.

The pot is worth looking into, he said, to finance a new needed fire department, fix a drainage issue on South Center Street and to install a backup power source to set up a disaster recovery center at Carver Cultural Center on South Breazeale Avenue.

Those three projects are expensive.

The cost estimate for a new fire department is around $5 million.

The drainage issue involves the installation of a 48-inch culvert under CSX Railroad on South Center Street near Maple Street at a cost of $550,000.

The power source project for the disaster recovery center is another $500,000.

The funds for the backup power source have already been approved, but not allocated.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the town already has “feelers out there” for some of those funds.

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