Wilson to treat Saratoga’s wastewater

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After receiving approval Wednesday from the city council, Wilson is set to begin providing wastewater treatment services for the town of Saratoga.

“The town of Saratoga is currently not being allowed to expand their sewer system in a manner that they desire,” Wilson Director of Water Resources Barry Parks wrote in a memo to officials. “They wish to sign an agreement with the city of Wilson to provide treatment services for up to 100,000 gallons per day to allow the town to grow.”

Saratoga received a loan to build a new pump station and construct a force main to Wilson’s pumping station at the Campus at 587, an industrial park near U.S. 264 and N.C. 58. Once construction is complete by the start of 2020, Wilson will treat Saratoga’s wastewater through the end of 2049. Saratoga commissioners approved the agreement during a meeting earlier this month.

According to the agreement, Saratoga will pay a wholesale volume rate of $2.93 per hundred cubic feet as well as $542,898 to Wilson over the span of the agreement. Saratoga can also purchase additional capacity as needed.

The Wilson city council approved this agreement without further discussion, along with the policy to process $100,000 worth of urgent home repairs and the selection of a vendor for body cameras for the Wilson Police Department.

The N.C. Housing Finance Agency awarded Wilson the funds to help 13 low-income homeowners with special needs in the city and county with home repairs to address imminent threats to life or safety. The policy approved Wednesday details the program requirements and the application process, which will be opened on Oct. 1. Visit tinyurl.com/yaj76gop and scroll down to “Urgent Repair Program” for more information.

Wilson also was awarded up to $75,806 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which requires a 50 percent local match in order to outfit the police department with 110 body-worn camera systems. Officials approved a three-year contract of $158,145 with L3 Mobile Vision, which will provide maintenance, cross-triggering for the cameras with police vehicles and secure server storage for footage.