Heath Springs moves forward on $275k infrastructure grant

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Funds would be used for downtown water service improvements

By Denyse Clark

HEATH SPRINGS – During a special called meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, members of Heath Springs Town Council voted unanimously to move forward in the application process for a $275,000 rural infrastructure grant. 

The grant, if received, will be used to fund water service improvements in the downtown area, said Mayor Ann Taylor.

“The issue now is if we want to put a water line in two blocks of Main Street,” she said.

In December, council voted unanimously to obtain an engineering report for the water line project.

The town was advised by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) to obtain this report before submitting the grants application.

Taylor said the grant amount is $275,222. 

She said an estimated $160,000 will be paid directly to the town, with Heath Springs having an obligation to pay a $115,000 match. 

Councilman Mark Bridges made the motion to allow Grazier Rhea with the Catawba COG to proceed and apply for the grant on the town’s behalf. 

Heath Springs Town Councilwoman Iva Lee Drakeford seconded the motion. The council vote was 4- 0. Councilman Eddie Moore was not at the meeting.

Also during this meeting, the council met in a closed-door session with Darren Sowell to discuss a potential contract for town lawn and gardening services. 

However, no decision was reached nor was there a vote to approve the contract. 

When council came back into open session, Taylor said Sowell will resubmit the contract after he reconfigures his costs.

The Town of Heath Springs holds its regular monthly meetings 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Town Hall, 103 Duncan St., Heath Springs.


Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152