Council gives go-ahead for "wayfinding" signs around town
Samples of signs
to be erected
in various places
That's the jargon used by promoters of tourism for signs
directing motorists to key places of interest in a
Smithfield's Town Council approved Tuesday night a
contract with ACSM, Inc. of Charlotte to erect 40 signs of
various sizes at a cost of $182,270.
Funding for the project comes from a federal grant of
$99,256 matched locally with $29,375 from the Downtown
Smithfield Development Corporation and $75,000 from the
Johnston County Visitors Bureau's 2-percent tax on local
hotel and motel occupants.
The project's total budget is $203,631, which allows for
landscaping, lighting, surveying, and other expenses
beyond the installation contract.
These signs are similar to those in place for several
years now in Clayton, Benson, and many other cities and
towns throughout the state and nation.
Town saluted for water and
The N.C. American Water Works Association & Water
Environment Federation presented not one, but two awards
to the Town of Smithfield at Tuesday's council session:
"Potable Water Distribution System of the Year" (one of
three, based on system size) and "Sanitary Sewer
Collection System of the Year" (tops among all systems in
North Carolina). Both awards were announced at November's
annual conference of N.C. AWWA-WEA.
The council appointed Todd Johnson, Judson Patterson,
Jeremy Pearce, and Cathie Shuler and reappointed Rick
Childrey, Ruffin Johnson, and Billie Stevens to the
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation's Board of
Daniel Evans was appointed to a seat on the
Smithfield Housing Authority's board.
New vehicles for police,
The council awarded a $133,644 contract to Performance
Automotive Group of Clinton for
six Dodge Chargers for the Police Department and a $36,960
contract to Deacon Jones of Smithfield for a 2019
Chevrolet Tahoe SUV for the Fire Department.
The council awarded a $15,661 contract to Dun-Right
Services, Inc. of Florence, S.C. to rebuild six sanitary
sewer manholes identified by the town's "Asset Inventory
& Assessment" initiative as among the town's worst. A
list of locations was not provided with the contract memo.
Town manager gets a pay
Following a closed session to complete his annual
performance evaluation, the council awarded Town Manager
Mike Scott a pay raise of $5,000, boosting his salary to
$110,000 a year.