City to improve drainage at Westover Terrace

In keeping with the Henderson City Council’s recent adherence to North Carolina’s open meeting law, the council received the minutes of the Public Works Committee at its last meeting Nov. 14.

Director of Engineering Frank Frazier reported that Hight Tobacco and Utility Service had presented an estimate of $24,500 to clean drainage pipe under the railroad tracks in that area to improve water flow. The paving aspect of the project was not priced. Frazier estimated that it would cost $2,500.

During discussion, Henderson Mayor Clem Seifert acknowledged that his father is a member of the Westover Terrace Homeowners Association. He stated, “I don’t see it as a conflict, although I guess it could be.” He went on to state his father’s and the homeowner’s association concern that a dollar amount be specified before a contract be entered in to.

A motion was introduced and passed unanimously to enter into a contract between the city, the Westover Terrace Homeowner’s Association and the contractor after a determination was made that all parties were willing to participate.

Afterward, council member Elissa Yount noted that the funds would come from the Powell Bill monies allocated to the city.

Frazier said that the project would begin in four to six weeks and that it would take one to two weeks.

As the discussion ended, Council member Mary Emma Evans asked Frazier how many minority contractors he contacts. Frazier replied, “Usually 10 percent.” He went on to state that there are three on the Embassy Square contract, and that minority contractor participation varies on different projects.