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Barnesville moving ahead on waterline work

BARNESVILLE — Village officials recently learned additional details concerning funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the village’s Slope Creek Waterline Project.

At a council meeting on April 12, Barnesville Mayor Dale Bunting announced that the Slope Creek Waterline Project had been selected for funding through the Army Corps of Engineers Section 594 Program and that this was the final piece of funding for the project.

At the most recent council meeting held on April 26, Village Administrator Roger Deal said that at a project kickoff meeting he had learned that the Corps would be retaining $75,000 of the $1,075,000 in funding it is providing for the project for some of its costs.

Deal also explained that the involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers in the project brought some added steps to the process.

“Once you get federal funding there’s a lot of environmental stuff, a lot of studies and things that has to be done prior to the project even over and above what the state does,” he said. “They are hoping they can have us bid out by December. As long as we can be out there digging holes and doing something by the first part of next year I’ll be happy.”

Village officials for years have been working toward installing a new 16-inch plastic waterline to transfer water the nearly 5 miles from the Slope Creek Reservoir to the village water system, replacing a 12-inch concrete and asbestos line that has been in place since 1963. The new line will be placed along a route that will allow for easier access and maintenance and is expected to cost $5,582,000 to construct.

Deal also informed council that he had received the contract from engineering firm Vaughn, Coast and Vaughn for the overhaul of the Westview Drive sewer lift station and that at $28,000 it was considerably less than originally anticipated.

Council authorized Deal to sign the contract and proceed with the project.

At the request of Fire Chief Tim Hall, council approved the addition of Shaun Hall to the fire department roster.

Members also approved paying bills in the amount of $113,439.48, and approved building permits for Alan Amos to pave a driveway at 111 W. Highland Ave. and for Riesbeck’s to install an outdoor cooler.

Barnesville Village Council’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 and will be held at the Albert S. George Youth Center in Barnesville Memorial Park.

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