County flows funding for water-line project

County commissioners approved funding this week for a project that will bring a municipal water line to homes with “severe water needs."

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the use of money remaining from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to provide 2,250 linear feet of water line to nine low- to moderate-income houses.

“There are going to be some happy people in regards to the water out there,” commissioners Chairwoman Kitty Barnes said after board approval of the project.

The $308,500 Block Grant was awarded to Catawba County in early 2010 for a Royal Heights Circle Water Project.

The grant provided 2,100 linear feet of eight-inch PVC water line and connections to 22 households in Royal Heights Circle Development, according to county information.

Excess funds from the project, which is now complete, will be used for extend the water line along the Old Shelby Road area, benefitting the nine houses.

The project on Old Shelby Road will cost about $195,716.

In other county news, commissioners:

* approved four amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

The amendments, which came as a recommendation from the planning board, addressed small changes to a Rural Preservation Overlay (RP-O), sidewalks, parking standards and accessory structures.

* approved a request to rezone 1.91 acres of land in Sherrills Ford from rural commercial and residential to highway commercial.

* received an annual report from the Department of Social Services, which received 2,985 reports involving 5,915 children in 2011.

John Eller, Social Services director, said child neglect was the largest issue reported, which is consistent with state and national statistics.