Board of Commissioners – Water/Sewer/Public Works – January 2019

January 16, 2019 Off By Jay Hubbard

At the January 7, 2019 meeting of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Grant Cheek reported an unspecified issue at the wastewater treatment plant that he was waiting for estimate to address.

The Board voted to replace a large military surplus generator in need of repair. The unit will be replaced by Delk’s, with the old generator retained for future repair and use as a backup. Delk wants 75% of the  cost – approximately $15,000 – paid up front in the form of a cashier’s check.

Total cost of this will run about $21,000 (compared to $17,000, which I must assume, is the cost of a “new” military surplus generator, using the old one as a trade in. Cheek’s explanations was not clear.)

My question is, why are we using old military surplus equipment that only one vendor in this area can service? Wouldn’t it be better to replace the old generator with a newer commercial unit that many vendors could service down the road, even if we kept the old one and had it repaired at a later date for use as a backup?

I spoke with a wastewater plant operator in another town across the county line a few days after this meeting and mentioned this situation to him. He turned and pointed to another old generator and stated that only his immediate supervisor and Delk are qualified to service that unit, and agreed that it’s past time to retire fifty year old equipment like that.

Mr. Cheek also reported that a crew from Suez had begun repairing potholes in local streets that day. He was questioned about a bad one north of Liberty Street on Coleridge Road, where Suez crews had cut through the asphalt several months ago to make a utility connection or repair, and which has since been filled with concrete. That particular hole was repaired the following day, and Mr. Cheek stated that all pothole repairs around town should be completed by the end of the following day. If this is not the case, Mr. Cheek can be contacted by calling 336-824-8530.