At the monthly meeting of the Ramseur Board of Commissioners, held this past Thursday, 02 May 2019, Randy Welch from SERCAP, and Lynn Whittington, USDA, addressed the board regarding a proposed water line project that would extend water Ramseur’s water distribution system from its current termination at Eastern Randolph High School west to NC Highway 49.
From there the proposed pipeline would be built southward and tie into the current of the main distribution line near town limits. This would create a loop in the distribution system that would insure that the high school almost never need lose water service due to line breaks or maintenance. More important the project would make clean drinking water available to people living along NC-49, but it’s far from a done deal.
The town looked into this or a similar project three years ago, but funding was not available at that time. SERCAP is a federally funded non-profit organization that assists rural communities like ours in finding the means to build water treatment and distribution infrastructure and was brought into this discussion by representatives from USDA.
Funding for these type of projects often hinges on income levels, so an accurate survey of all the potentially affected citizens must be taken in order to get the best interest rates or the biggest possible grants. As Mr. Welch pointed out to the board Ramseur has a poverty problem, both in town proper and in the surrounding community. Recent US Census data indicates that 30% of Ramseur citizens earn less than the federal poverty level. Getting accurate information and widespread community participation will be crucial to getting this much needed project built, and time is running out for this budget cycle.
There will be a community meeting to begin the process of collecting the necessary data at the Ramseur Municipal Building, 724 Liberty Street, from 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25th. Please encourage everyone you know, especially anyone living along NC Highway 49 south of Eastern Randolph Road to attend this important meeting. Extending water service to our neighbors north of town will benefit everyone.
Please watch the video of the discussion below.