The Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Haren Construction Company of Tennessee’s low bid of $473,600 to replace the liner in a holding pond at the wastewater treatment plant.
The approval of the contract came at a special-called 9 a.m. session of the board on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
It clears the way to replace the lagoon liner that was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew.
Work will most likely not begin until soon after the first of the year, officials said.
Town Manager Charles Brown said the next step to get the project underway is contacting the construction company and setting up a pre-construction conference date.
The town manager said he expects that to be done before this week is out.
Brown said the high winds of the hurricane two years ago ripped the huge liner to shreds and it has been out of use since then.
The million gallon holding pond is also included as an issue with a number of needs at the sewage treatment plant.
It is the beginning of work all geared to have a state mandated moratorium at the plant lifted.
Other work to achieve that is already in the making with the approval of a $5.5 million state grant to begin taking care of issues officials say have dramatically stymied growth in town for the past two years.
Town authorities say they hope to have all of the problems corrected no more than two years from now.