Officials in North Wilkesboro are considering buying treated water from Wilkesboro while continuing to investigate the construction of an intake facility on the Yadkin River.
North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper outlined the various options being pursued during the latest board meeting of the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation.
“I want to share this with this group of community leaders," Hooper told the board, according to the Wilkes Journal Patriot. "The county has asked us to explore other options and our board agrees that we should do that.”
Hooper outlined the latest details on the potential for a pump-and intake-station on the Yadkin. He said discussions involving himself, Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland, Wilkes County Manager John Yates and others are ongoing, with other options being considered, the Journal Patriot reported.
“The Town of North Wilkesboro’s position is that even though we are going to explore these other options, we want to keep our option alive," Hooper said.
That key option was the construction of a facility near the Yadkin River Greenway bridge, which is still the official plan and would be developed with a $6.74 million loan from the state. According to the Journal Patriot's report, a “letter of intent to fund” was sent by the state stating that North Wilkesboro was eligible for the loan.
Under the loan's terms, 25 percent or $1.68 million "would be forgiven and the rest repayable over 20 years with no interest." The town would pay a 2-percent loan fee of $134,706.
The town would have to borrow an additional $1.5 million to cover the entire cost of the project. Independent consultants were hired to carry out an engineering project, which allows time to explore other options including entering into contracts to buy treated water.