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ROCKINGHAM — Several hundred East Rockingham families will eventually be hooked up with the city’s sewer system.

The Rockingham City Council voted Tuesday to award a contract to Asheboro-based SKC, Inc. to install more than 2,000 feet of sewer on Marigold and Flowers streets.

Out of seven companies that placed bids, SKC came in the lowest at $495,900 for the project. The next lowest bid was another Asheboro company at $538,790.

The project is being financed through a community development block grant for infrastructure.

City Manager Monty Crump said this is a continuation of a project to lay down sewer lines in East Rockingham that’s been going on for several years.

Documents show SKC has done previous work in the area, completing two phases of the East Rockingham system over the past five years.

Crump said many families in the area had septic tanks that were failing. He added the families involved in the latest project are currently on septic tanks.

He told council members some of the funds from the grant would be able to go toward homeowner hookup costs.

The city also stands to rake in a bit of money from another contract.

Council members voted to approve an amendment to a contract with Verizon Wireless that would add three additional antennas to the water tank at Browder Park.

Verizon currently has nine antennas at the park. The new deal would bring the total to 12.

The telecom company currently pays $1,437.50 per month to lease space on the tank. The new agreement would raise the monthly total to $1,854.17.

The original lease agreement, signed in 2009, posited that Verizon would pay the city $15,000 per year with a 15 percent increase every five years. This past April, the annual rent was raised to $17,250.

Verizon has also agreed to pay an additional $5,000 per year.

Crump said he wasn’t sure whether the extra antennas would result in stronger signals for Verizon customers.

The council made several board appointments and recognized Cohen Cox with a community service award. Cox is a member of the Rockingham Housing Authority board.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.

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