PRINCEVILLE — Seeing the town's faulty fire hydrants replaced was a welcomed sight for Mayor Bobbie Jones as well as his citizens.
"I was under the impression that they were going to be repaired, but I see a lot of them are being replaced," Jones said. "That's always a positive. Anytime you get something new and replace something old, you know you got a bargain for your money."
An inspection last year revealed 25 of the town's 80 hydrants were in dire need of repair or replacement. Some of the hydrants are near some of the town's most important structures — St. Luke Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Princeville Museum and Princeville Elementary School.
The Local Government Commision (LGC), who took over the town's fiances in July 2012, ordered Edgecombe County to repair the hydrant near the school while it seeks funds to repair the others.
The town was approved for a $50,000 grant by the N.C. Rural Center to repair and replace the faulty hydrants. Town officials as well as members of the fire department celebrated the good news. That celebration was cut short when Gov. Pat McCrory asked the Office of State Budget and Management to freeze grants of Rural Center funds when a state audit found that the center had failed to follow the law and regulations in awarding grants.
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