Council Approves Applying For Grant To Fund Simpson Sewer Plan

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.

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  • by Justin Location: Grimesland on Jan 28, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    What kind of businesses are they wanting in a square mile? You are 5 minutes from town! Having a government that doesnt listen to the public isn't going to bring business, it will drive all the homeowners away. To charge somebody for nothing(Services that aren't wanted or recieved).... sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. What a great way to WASTE our taxpayers $. Come on ObamaSnakeOilCo.... I must hear your opinion on this.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jan 28, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    $20.00 per month if you don`t use it?? A certain word comes to mind...EXTORTION!
  • by neigh Location: pitt on Jan 28, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    I think it's past time for the mayor and a couple of others to get off this board. Many people have lived in this community many years and have their own septic tanks. There have been no problems with this and no monies to pay out monthly either. Leave people's pockets alone--especially with the way the economy is right now. If an individuals septic goes out--they, themselves will pay to get it fixed as have been!!!!!!!!!
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Accolades to the Simpson Council for refusing to be bullied by the nay-sayers. This is a great opportunity for Simpson's citizens looking from the outside in.
  • by Knows it all on Jan 28, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    They are the government, and of course they know what's best for all of us. Just think, we will have new sewers for that gargantuan Walmart just down the road. Welcome to Simpson, where government's waste is only a sewer system away.
  • by Justice on Jan 28, 2011 at 01:31 AM
    What part of "NO" does this town council not understand?? Go stand in the corner till you learn how to behave and listen!!
  • by sea trout Location: hyde county on Jan 28, 2011 at 01:28 AM
    Am beginning to think everybody has one solution to every problem ------- federal funds. We are going broke and people just do not understand it. As for me it does not matter, but my grandaughters will be the ones who suffer the most. When is China and others demand payment with high interest rates. This letter should be coming from our president, not me.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:34 PM
    This is like most towns in eastern NC. The elected will do what they want regardless of the wants of the citizens. How much was wasted on putting it on the ballot if you were going to do as you will anyway?
  • by UPLATE on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    I'm not from Simpson but don't you guys think it is a little ridiculous to pay a fee of $20.00/monthly for a sewer system that you choose not to use?

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