PROSPERITY — The Town of Prosperity completed several major projects in 2012 including a $1 million sewer project, a penny sales tax project and clearing land around Town Hall for future recreation purposes.
Mayor Derek Underwood gave his report for the town for 2012 at last Tuesday’s regular town council meeting.
The Forest Hills sewer project, started near the end of 2011, was completed in December 2012 with a final price tag of $1,000,055. The project funds came from federal stimulus money.
Eureka Street was paved which cost the town about $3,000, according to Underwood. The paving helped make the road more accessible and more like a road instead of just a dirt-like road.
In one-cent sales tax news, the lift stations were completed at no cost to the town. The cost of the project was $882,522.05.
Trees around Town Hall that were diseased courtesy of the pine beetles were cut down and cleared away.
This is part of an ongoing project in that the cleared space will allow for a recreation complex with tennis courts, a walking track, ball field and multi-purpose field for soccer and football.
Hentz Forest Products cleared the land beside and behind town hall in the beginning of 2012. Plans are still in the works.
The town also had its first arts and antiques festival in May courtesy of The Blend’s owner Penny Burke.
The town bought a new tractor and police car thanks to a $60,441 loan from BB&T. The tractor cost $20,651 and the police car cost $22,918, Underwood said. The loan came with relatively low interest, according to Underwood.
In recreation news, the town received a parks and recreation fund grant for $13,600 for fencing, bleachers and a scoreboard. The town matched $2,720 and received$10,880 from the Parks and Recreation Department.
The power and sewer system have also been upgraded, Underwood said.