EAST BEND — A celebratory gathering was held on Monday afternoon in commemoration of the newly completed East Bend waterline. Residents already have been on the new system, which replaces the well system in East Bend and brings water to the town from Forsyth County.
Yadkin County commissioners, East Bend town commissioners, Mayor Archie Hicks and contractors who worked on the project cheered as the fire hydrant in front of the East Bend Public Library was turned on with a ceremonial spray of water.
Hicks called it a “big day” for the town and the county. He thanked the town commissioners and county commissioners for their work in getting the project done.
Commissioner Kevin Austin, chairman of the county board, called it a phenomenal project for the town of East Bend.
“It really is a new day for this part of the county,” Austin said.
The completion of the project also had a bittersweet note.
“It’s just super exciting, but I’m just sorry that some of the other people who helped with this process couldn’t be here for it,” Hicks said, referring to longtime East Bend Commissioner Laurence Todd, who passed away on Jan. 27.
Todd was part of the board for a number of years before moving to South Carolina. He was instrumental in working towards finding a better water source for the town, Hicks explained.
For several years now, the town has struggled with issues at several of the wells it used for water, with some wells having to be closed.
“It comes at a good time for us because our wells are not working they way they used to,” Hicks added.
He said it will be a great benefit for the town’s future. “It’s going to help sustain the town and help the town grow,” Hicks said.
Michael Goliber, senior project manager and business development director with engineering firm Davis Martin Powell, which worked on the waterline project, said he, too, was thrilled over the results.
“It was a long time in planning and design, the funding process, but to see it finally come to fruition, it’s a great feeling,” Goliber said. “It’s such a big deal for the community, and we’re honored to be a part of the project.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.