Water project approved by Brundidge council

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Brundidge City Council held a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to give city citizens an opportunity for input into a potential amendment to a Community Development Block Grant water improvement project.

No one offered comments or presented questions concerning the amendment.

In March 2013, the city awarded a contract to construct water improvements in the Caldwell Street subdivision as proposed in the City’s CDBG application.

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The bid came in under budget and the city amended the project to utilize remaining grant funds to further water improvements in the initial project area and additional households.

At its regular meeting, Britt Thomas, city manager, told the council that the amendment would make it possible to extend the project to include households in the Johnson Street and Ann Drive area.

“The benefit to the households would be improvements to the waterlines from four inches to six inches lines and the old iron pipes would be replaced with PVC pipes.

The fire hydrants in the area would also be replaced.

“It’s a win/win project for the city, in my opinion,” Thomas said.

The Council voted to accept the resolution and the city will move ahead with the project.

Susan Monroe of Monroe & Associates and grant administrator, presented additional structures within the city limits that have been designated for possible demolition.

Monroe said the structures are abandoned and unsafe.

She suggested that the structures be considered as add-ons to the city’s demolition project that came in under budget by about $44,000.

Monroe said that funds would not be sufficient to take down all of the structures that have been identified.

The Council voted to notify the property owners that the structures on their property had identified and on the list for possible demolition.

A public hearing will be held to give the property owners an opportunity to appear before the council.

At that time, Monroe said the property owners have several options.

They may elect to bring the structures up to city code, sign a consent to have the structures demolished with grant funds or to show reason why the structures should not be on the list or ask for more time to make a decision.

The City of Brundidge will host the annual Peanut Butter Festival sponsored by the Brundidge Historical Society on Saturday, Oct. 26 and the Brundidge Business Association’s Fall Festival on Oct. 31.

Both events will be on the grounds of City Hall.