Sewer repairs to begin soon in Oakman

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 3/10/19

OAKMAN — Work will begin in the next four or five weeks to improve the functionality of Oakman's sewer system.The Oakman Town Council approved a bid of just over $168,000 from C D Roberts …

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Sewer repairs to begin soon in Oakman

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OAKMAN — Work will begin in the next four or five weeks to improve the functionality of Oakman's sewer system.

The Oakman Town Council approved a bid of just over $168,000 from C D Roberts Contracting, Inc. on Monday to complete a portion of the sewer repairs. The work will come at no cost to the town and will be funded through a $200,000 Appalachian Regional Commission grant the town received in July 2018.

Months ago, the council also approved a bid for sewer work from Diamond Construction. A Community Development Block Grant the town received in December 2017 for $350,000 will cover the remaining portion of sewer work.

A press release at the time stated the total grant funds would be used for a number of repairs to include dredge and removal of sludge accumulation in lagoon cells, replacement of cell aerators, modification of an existing lift station, replacement of 870 linear feet of sewer main, replacement of four manholes and two creek crossings, the raising of one manhole, and construction of one highway bore.  

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said the sewer work is not expected to cause any interruption to the town's water services.

In other business at Monday's meeting, the council:

• Celebrated the arrival of the town's storm shelter recently.

Some finishing touches, such as water and power hookup, remain before the shelter will be operational. 

"Hopefully that will be done by the time the spring tornado season kicks in," Franks said. "We are just excited that we finally have the storm shelter in, and we're just ready for it to be completed. We have a lot of families here, and a lot of new families that have moved here. We need a safe place for them to go."

According to Franks, four or five families have moved to Oakman in the past month.   

• Announced they are still looking for a full-time school resource officer to monitor Oakman Middle and Oakman High schools. Interested parties may call Oakman Town Hall to apply, 205-622-3232.

• Heard Franks state he will nominate someone to fill the vacant seat on Oakman's town council at the next meeting. Chrystal Lewis (Place 3) resigned of her seat on the council in January.  

• Announced town council meetings have been moved back to the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the town's community center. The next council meeting will be on March 18.