Nashville, NC - Nash County will receive $10 million in grant and low-interest loan funding for two large scale projects. The Northern Nash Water System Project, which has been in development for several years, has been awarded a $3 million grant from the NC Division of Water Infrastructure. The grant also comes with a $3 million, zero percent loan and a $3.545 million, low-interest loan not to exceed 1.9% making Nash County the largest recipient of funds in the state with a total of $9.5 million.
These funds will go toward the design and construction of phase one of the Northern Nash Water/Sewer System. This phase will construct around fifty miles of water distribution lines, multiple wells, and a storage tank for the northern residents of the County. "This is a huge boost to the project, and it reflects the intense efforts of our Commissioners and staff to acquire a significant amount of the project funding from the State," said Zee Lamb, County Manager. Construction is estimated to take eighteen months and will break ground in the summer of 2018.
Nash County also won a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant totaling $500,000 for the new Miracle Park at Coopers located on Joyner Road near its intersection with Highway 58. These highly competitive funds will go into the design and construction of phase one of the park. Elements will include ball fields, a playground, paved walking path, and restrooms. The grant is awarded to local governments who must match the grant with local funds. The Commissioners have previously reserved the $500,000 match during the past 2 years. Senator Rick Horner also secured $125,000 in state funding for the new park project. Nash County is also working with Trillium Health Resources to secure additional funding for the park. In the past 2 years Trillium has provided over $10 million to its member counties for all-inclusive parks targeted toward physically and mentally disabled residents.
“Both the park and the water project are high priorities for the County Commissioners,” said Robbie Davis, Chairman of the Nash County Board of Commissioners. "It's exciting when multiple organizations can come together and leverage their dollars to create something of this scale for the community." The design stage of the park will begin this fall with construction planned for early 2018.