Tree removal nearly complete

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Progress continues on a $5.5 million, two-phase project at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Officials say approximately 75% of the 90,000 hybrid sycamore trees have been removed on the 300-acre farm. A new Bermuda grass crop is scheduled for planting in April.

A total of 26 lines from an underground irrigation system must also be removed.

Town Manager Jammie Royall met with the contractor, Dellinger Company of South Carolina, in September. He walked away satisfied from the monthly meeting.

 “It’s a tedious process, but they are steadily working to and making progress,” Royall said.

The initial plan was to harvest the trees for sale when they matured after seven years of growth, however, there has been no market for the trees.

Once the tree farm and irrigation lines are completely removed, the contractor will begin interior work that involves the irrigation and inflow system.

The plant has been under a state-mandated moratorium for several years due to numerous sewage spills into the nearby headwaters of the Northeast Cape Fear River. The moratorium prohibits providing any service to new, incoming businesses.

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