Another business is looking to grow with a proposed grant application

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Another local manufacturing company is looking to expand its operations with a potential investment of over $90 million.

The company, which is described as well-established in information provided by the City of Morganton, is asking the city to apply for a $500,000 building reuse grant on its behalf.

According to city information, the project, called “Project Fill” for confidentiality purposes, is expected to represent an investment of approximately $94 million and would create 78 new jobs at or above the county’s average salary.

If the grant application is approved, a local match of 5% — a total of $25,000 — is required, according to city information. This local game would be split equally between the city and the county, with each entity paying $12,500.

This isn’t the only economic development project on Monday night’s city council agenda.

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The meeting will open an hour and a half earlier, at 4:30 p.m., for a closed session to discuss an economic development project.

Additional details about the closed session were not available, but city staff confirmed The herald of the news it is a different project from Project Fill.

The rest of council’s agenda is fairly light on Monday evening, with a public hearing scheduled to discuss an alternative design for the city’s electrical substation fence.

The city’s code of ordinances limits fencing heights and the use of barbed wire in the zoning district where the new electrical substation is located, on Coal Chute Road, according to city information. The ordinance conflicts with OSHA guidelines, which require a fence at least 7 feet high.

City ordinances allow city council to approve alternative designs for unique situations, so council will hold a public hearing Monday night before voting on the proposed alternative design.

When voting on the Consents Agenda, council will decide whether to approve a contract worth $137,149 for a new communications system for its electrical substation.

If approved, the new system would be the first replacement or comprehensive update since the 1990s, according to city information. The new system, from Survalent Technology Corporation, would allow city staff to remotely monitor and operate substation equipment.

The contract with Survalent also includes the training of municipal staff.

The council meeting will be called to order for a closed session at 4:30 p.m., with the open session and public comment scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers at Morganton City Hall.

Chrissy Murphy is editor and can be reached at [email protected] or 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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