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|City okays repairs to collapsing mains|
The Winnsboro City Council voted at its monthly meeting Aug. 18 to approve emergency funding to repair two sewer mains that are collapsing under Young and Steele streets.
The cost of $86,000 will come from the utility system fund.
City superintendent Skipper Stinson told council members a camera surveyed the lines under these streets and in others in the city.
"These are the two worst," he said.
Mayor Jack Hammons said there is money set aside in the utility fund for emergency situations.
Council members Richard Mahoney, Betty Johnson, Sonny Dumas, Rex McCarthy and Craig Gill approved the adoption of three ordinances to cover all aspects of "business operations" utilizing city-owned properties and right of ways.
"Business operations" include telecommunications, Internet, electrical, cable, water, gas or other services.
The ordinances state the cable and video companies will pay a franchise fee of 5 percent of their gross revenues from local customers to the city.
The council heard from city engineer Tony DeMarco on ways to modify a street sidewalk plan that is about five years old so the city's share of the cost will come close to what it was when the plan was adopted.
Originally, the state was going to pay $80,000 and the city $40,000 for the project. Today the project is estimated at $255,000 compared to $120,000 just a few years ago.
DeMarco said the state has upped its portion to $160,000, but noted Winnsboro would be hard pressed to find approximately $96,000 to cover its matching 5 percent plus engineering fees.
The council took DeMarco's recommendations to change some equipment specifications and delay some proposed sidewalks under advisement and will return to the issue at the September council meeting.
Between now and then the city will contact the Franklin Parish School Board and ask if it can assist with the cost or construction of a sidewalk near Winnsboro Elementary School.
In other council action:
• Heard an update on the condemned building project.
• Approved an ordinance to issue Certificates of Indebtedness not to exceed $200,000 for the community center project.
• Approved the city's financial statement.
• Heard the police chief's report.