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Update Given On Projects In Hickory Metro County

Numerous projects in Alexander County will begin in the near future, according to County Manager Shane Fox, who presented a report at Monday’s (January 8) meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners.

County Manager Fox first reported on the Wittenburg Access Area project, which includes a new swim beach, concessions, restrooms, office building, picnic shelter, and more. He said that Duke Energy has completed the project and had scheduled a final walk-through with county staff on Wednesday, January 10.

Fox said bids are currently being accepted for the Bethlehem Park improvement project, which includes a new concessions/restroom building, additional picnic space, new ADA-compliant parking and walkway, field lighting improvements, tennis court resurfacing with pickleball courts, and more. The bid deadline is January 16. In addition to the project, the county will add a new playground at the park.

The Bowman Court sewer project is also out for bids, with a deadline of January 30. The project involves the construction of a sewer pump station and associated force main to connect property on Bowman Court to gravity sewer lines on Chigger Ridge Road.

Final details are coming together for the 42,000-linear-foot water line project that will further connect the county water system and provide water access to homes in various unserved areas of the county. Fox said the project will hopefully be advertised for bids in late January or early February. The Bethlehem water tank project is on a similar timeline. Fox said the county is waiting on permitting approval and will hopefully advertise for bids in late January or early February.

Fox said the new fire training facility at the Taylorsville Lions Club Fairgrounds is progressing, with containers in place and welding to be completed in the next couple of weeks. The City of Hickory will install the water tap in the coming weeks. He said the training facility is expected to open in the spring.

Surveying has been completed for the new state-funded building at EMS Station #1, which will include a 5-bay garage, office area, and training/conference room. Once designs are complete, the project will be advertised for bids.

Fox concluded his report by noting that the canopy at the health department should be constructed in the near future. Full details on the Monday Alexander County Board of Commissioners meeting can be found at this link https://alexandercountync.gov/county-manager-shares-project-updates-at-january-8th-meeting/. The next meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners is set for Monday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the CVCC Alexander Center for Education

[News release, courtesy of Gary Herman, Alexander County Public Information Officer]