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|Council moves ease funds, development|
Winnsboro City Council took measures Monday night to bank $1 million in sewer funds and to ease the way for development on a major intersection by retailer Walgreen's.
The council gave Mayor Jack Hammons the go ahead to finalize a stimulus funds deal which will give the city $1 million toward sewer main reconstruction.
The council also agreed to sanction the property and right-of-way easements required by Walgreens on the property at the northeast intersection of Front and Main streets. The easements will be issued only if the property is purchased by Walgreens.
The sewer money will have to go though the same process as if the money came from the sale of bonds, however, the city will be forgiven payment of principle and interest once the funds are issued. "That makes it free money," said Hammons.
The sewer money comes, ironically, almost exactly one year after the council was forced to use utility emergency funds to repair two collapsed sewer mains under Young and Steel streets.
Hammons said meetings with Walgreens representatives last week covered traffic and drainage issues with the formal easements serving as, "one more assurance that once they buy the property, everything will fall into place."
A spokesman for Walgreens this week could not speculate on a start date for the Illinois company, which has had an aggressive expansion program despite the current economic downturn.
Council members were told to expect to smell asphalt being applied to city streets beginning later this week. The $1.2 million street overlay project is described as in "full swing."
Hammons said documents would be in place Tuesday for work to begin on a museum to be established at the old post office on Prairie Street.
The council took the first steps to condemn an abandoned mobile home on property at 1416 Blanchard Street.
A request for a zoning variance to allow a vehicle parking lot to be established at 202 Ellis Street, in conjunction with a dialysis center, was allowed to move forward by council action. A public hearing on the topic must be called.
The Robinson Road Water System moved closer to being take over by the Winnsboro system with a target date of Sept. 1 set to close the arrangement.
The mayor was given authority to complete the proposed move which started in May, when residents along the system petitioned the city to take over its operation.