Nash County signs off on Middlesex business park grant

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NASHVILLE — Nash County commissioners on Monday approved a grant project ordinance accepting a state grant intended for the Middlesex Corporate Centre and expanding its construction plans to include the projects for which the grant was intended.

The town of Middlesex originally received the grant of $1,514,600 from the N.C. Commerce Rural Ready Site Development Program to construct a 250,000-gallon water tank and 12-inch water line loop at the town’s new business park.

Town and county commissioners, with state approval, used an inter-local agreement to transfer the grant and project to the county. The county is already working on the construction of water and sewer and road infrastructure at the park with funding primarily coming from a $1,250,000 grant through the Golden Leaf Foundation.

Costs of the full project, as amended, are now $3,575,800. Besides the two grants, the county is investing $811,200 in the project.

In other business Monday, the board recognized county employees who made the biggest contributions to the county’s United Way campaign this year, which raised $22,000.

The board also heard an update on high-speed broadband expansion in the county from Patsy McGee, assistant to the county manager. The county earlier this year reached an agreement with CloudWyze to provide the service.

McGee said the county had signed an agreement with CloudWyze to provide office, conference room and warehouse space for its new Network Operation Center, located at a warehouse on the corner of Elm and North Alston streets in Nashville.

She said CloudWyze is in the early stages of implementing its towers, looking into which towers will work best in the previously selected pilot project areas. She said the county has helped by providing GIS data for Federal Communications Commission-registered cell and radio towers and water tanks.

“We are hopeful that CloudWyze will be able to provide free Wi-Fi in certain rural parks and public spaces, and are assisting with related information,” McGee said.

She reported that the county has spent $50,000 of its $311,000 budgeted for the project and is “essentially on schedule” to complete the pilot project by Feb. 1, 2019.