The Transylvania Times -

County Backs Sewer Line Project - Brevard NC


July 26, 2018

A project that could see the installation of a sewer line from Gaia Herbs, running along U.S. 64 to the town of Rosman, was backed by Transylvania County commissioners Monday.

During their regular meeting Monday, commissioners supported seeking an $300,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant, plus providing $396,250 in matching county funds for the project, which is estimated would cost $1,767,000.

As well as helping Gaia Herbs, a new sewer line would help support the future growth of another business, Smith Systems, Inc., open the U.S. 64 corridor for future economic growth and give homeowners in the area the option to connect to a wastewater system rather than a septic system.

Last fall, the Transylvania Economic Alliance found out that Gaia Herbs, located on Island Ford Road, was retrofitting its site and wanted to expand.

The company, however, currently relies on a septic system and needed to find an alternative way to treat its wastewater for long-term sustainability, according to Josh Hallingse, the Alliance’s executive director.

Working with a civil engineer, the Alliance and Gaia looked at the possibility of connecting with Rosman or the city of Brevard’s wastewater treatment systems.

Hallingse said they decided to go with Rosman for a variety of reasons and have been working with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and N.C. Department of Transportation on a “pathway” for a sewer line.

To help secure funding, the Alliance is working with the county’s Planning and Community Development on the ARC grant.

As currently planned, the $1.767 million costs would be paid for by:

•$7,000 from the Alliance in support of the town of Rosman;

•$300,000 ARC grant;

•$444,375 from the N.C. Industrial Development Fund;

•$444,375 from the Golden LEAF Foundation;

•$396,250 from the county;

•$175,000 from Gaia Herbs.

There are no guarantees the project will receive the grant, state or Golden LEAF funds, but Hallingse seemed optimistic.

Commissioner Page Lemel called the project “one of the most exciting in a while,” with the chance to “open up the corridor.”

Commissioner Mike Hawkins echoed those sentiments, noting the collaboration between the Alliance and the county’s planning department, the “leveraging” of county funds and the project’s importance from a strategic standpoint.

More from the meeting will appear in Monday’s paper.


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