Dellinger Company of Monroe is closer to installing underground pipes for a sprinkler system to raise a Bermuda grass crop on the 300-acre tree farm at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Nearly 90% of approximately 90,000 hybrid sycamore trees and their roots have been removed.
The original plan was to sell the trees when they reached maturity, but there were no buyers.
Town officials say the Bermuda grass crop will be harvested and sold.
The $3.7-million project is just one of two phases to rehabilitate the entire plant.
Jammie Royall, town manager, said the same company will handle the interior work at the plant that should begin within the next several months. Dellinger will replace pipes and update equipment that handles the inflow and infiltration systems that have been prone to recent flooding.
The entire project will take approximately 12 more months.
Once the job is complete, town officials hope a state-mandated moratorium will be lifted.