The 2 members of the Simpson town council approved a motion Thursday night to move forward with acquiring funding for a $4.5 million sewer line project, even though residents voted against the project in November. Recently, the town council voted to put it back on the ballot for another vote in April.
Mayor David Boyd Jr. says Simpson has already secured about 3.1 million dollars in grant funding for the project. He says council members voted Thursday to apply for an additional $2.7 million North Carolina Clean Water Management grant. That's the estimated cost of connecting homes to the system, meaning Simpson residents would pay a one-time $150 connecting fee plus a monthly sewer bill, which Boyd estimates would be about $45.
Boyd says community members would be responsible for paying $64,000 for the project over 38 years, a fee that would be added to their monthly bill. If Simpson doesn't get the grant, it could cost residents $1,000- $3,000 to hook up to the sewer system.
Boyd says hooking into the system wouldn't be mandatory, but says those that don't would be required to pay a monthly $20sewer maintenance fee.
Mayor Boyd says the town needs sewer lines to attract new businesses to help the town grow, and because many of its septic systems are failing. Meanwhile, several community members are against the idea. Some say the town is too small to warrant spending so much money on sewer lines, and many say they are happy with their existing septic systems.
Mayor Boyd says the council put the issue back on the ballot because it was defeated by such a small number of votes the first time.
Mayor Boyd says community members will get to vote on the project April 26th. He says if it fails this time, he won't bring it up again.
An informational public meeting is set for April 12th at the Philippi Missionary Baptist Church in Simpson.