Council to read ordinance on Adelphia building

By Frank Lewis

November 12, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Portsmouth City Council will give first reading Thursday to an ordinance in which they would appropriate $300,000 to renovate the former Adelphia building to be used for the City Waterworks Department.

The ordinance would authorize spending $300,000 from CIP Fund No. 301, transferring that money to CIP Land Improvements Line Item No. 301.119.5502 for Phase 1 of the rehabilitation of the building deeded over to the city by a businessman several years ago.

City Waterworks Director Sam Sutherland says he would like to move his department out of the dilapidated former Naval Reserve building on Charles Street.

The ordinance was given the go-ahead for consideration after Portsmouth City Auditor Trent Williams assured Council there is approximately $700,000 unencumbered in the CIP Fund.

Sutherland said there is a a lot of space in the Adelphia building that can be utilized, and not only could the billing department be moved in there, utilizing an existing drive-through window, but it could also be used for storage. The Waterworks lost their Spring Street pipeyard property when the city sold it to King’s Daughters for the building of their medical center.

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