With voter approval of both the Sales and Use Tax Re-funding and a bond for about $8.2 million bond to fund improvements in the wastewater collection system, the Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission is now setting a schedule for the promised projects.
Chairman Gary Walker and commissioners Wayne Cullins, Jim Burk and Richard Gray attended the meeting; general manager Tim Joyner outlined the tentative three-year plan for the projects.
Part of the improvement work is the re-opening former sediment ponds at the wastewater treatment plant; that work was funded through the wastewater operating budget; it is slated to be finished by the end of June.
Work on the Ford Bottoms Interceptor is also already under way, and is expected to be completed in October.
With that work finished, work would begin on the West Oak Interceptor with an estimated completion in December.
Then work would begin on the support lines and such for the planned Ball Field and Swimming Pool Complex set to be built near the intersection of Kerr Station Road and Bill Foster Highway.
Next in line would be the Polk Street Interceptor about mid-February 2014, followed by the Shiloh Interceptor set to be completed about the end of August 2014.
Work on the Four-Mile Creek Interceptor line, possibly the largest project, is slated to begin in August 2014 with completion about mid-November 2015. The collector would upgrade the service to an area roughly bordered by U.S. Highway 67/167, West Main Street, Arkansas Highway 5 and Magness Creek North.
Work on the Countrywood Interceptor would then begin, finishing about early February 2016.
The last of the project list is the replacement of deteriorated concrete wastewater lines in a large portion of the older sections of the city, estimated to be done about July 2016.
Walker cautioned about considering the proposed schedule even remotely “firm.”
“It is only as good as the paper it is written on for that day … they change according to priorities, and priorities change,” he said.