By DALE GRAHAM
The Pegram Mayor of Board and Alderman met last week. All members were present.
At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Charles Morehead introduced newly hired Town Attorney Martha Brooke Perry. Perry is a Pegram resident.
There was a public hearing at the beginning of the meeting to go over the Town of Pegram application for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan with Partial Principal Forgiveness in the amount of $449,000 for the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements, including Secondary Treatment Rehabilitation and expansion of the drip irrigation field, and resulting impact on monthly sewer bills. 20% of that amount will be in the form of principal forgiveness and will not have to be repaid.
City Engineer Brad Bivens stated that it did not look like it would be necessary to raise rates “any more than the current resolution” states, which is 3% annually.
At the meeting which followed, it was reported that the sewer facility is operating well at present, “well within our limits”, Mayor Morehead reported. “These lab results reflect a marked improvement in the treatment efficiency of the recirculating sand filter at the facility”, Morehead reported, as a result of new pump timers and other improvements already in place.
The board voted to spend no more than $75000 on paving issues in the Town, and they will prioritize those expenditures in the coming days.
Morehead brought up public works equipment storage, and said that the town needs to build some sort of storage building for tractors, chippers, etc. He desires to build it in the park, but that must be approved by the state since the town has accepted state grants in the park. Action was deferred in order to get more information.
The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen meet in regular session, the last Thursday of each month at 7p.m. in the Town Hall. They meet in workshop format [Committee of the Whole] on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7p.m. as well.