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Rosman Decides To Do Work In-house


The Rosman Board of Aldermen decided to use in-house labor to install the wastewater pipelines into Hooper’s Mobile Home Park.

Alderman Walter “Chub” Pettit said he believes the town should do as much work in-house as possible. He said it would provide work to local people and the town could use its own insurance and liability coverage. He said the town should contract out larger projects.

“We’ve got some good employees and we should reward them,” he said.

Mayor Brian Shelton said an engineer’s report said it would cost about $277,000 to connect Hooper’s Mobile Home Park to the town’s wastewater system. He said if the town did the work in-house, it would cost about $105,000.

Pettit said whichever route is chosen, the work should begin immediately.

Alderman Roger Petit wanted to know how much of the in-house estimate would actually have to be contracted out.

Shelton estimated that roughly a third of the work would have to be subcontracted.

Shelton said that if the town did the work, then work on the project could begin the first week in May. He said if the project is put out for bid, it would be the end of the May before work could begin.

Pettit moved that the work be done in-house. The four aldermen present, (JC. Chapman was absent) voted to have the work done in-house.

“We have the ability to be flexible, “ said Roger Petit, noting that more work could be contracted out if necessary.

On a related note, Chub Pettit said the town should look at making Shelton a full-time employee because he can do four or five jobs.

Other Business

• Shelton reported that 10 letters had been sent out to local residences and businesses, informing the owners they need to clean up their property. He said he had heard from eight of the owners. One of the trailers was destroyed while a permit has been obtained to destroy another. Two others are going to be repainted.

“We are making progress,” said Shelton.

• Board members agreed to participate in a joint meeting with the county commissioners, school board and Brevard City Council at the Porter Center on Thursday, May 17, to discuss an economic vision for the county.

Based upon the invitation from County Manager Artie Wilson, board members said they were unclear as to whether or not the meeting would be informational or if any action would be taken.

Pettit praised Shelton and other town employees for cleaning up the area at Champion Park and the access to the French Broad River.

“It looks good,” he said.

• Since voting in the May 8 primary will be held at town hall on the night the aldermen would normally meet, the aldermen decided to cancel their May meeting.


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