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updated 7:10 PM UTC, Dec 16, 2018

Hwy. project could impact lift station

By Mollie LaSalle

Colmesneil City Council met Tuesday, Feb. 13, and packed a lot of information into a short amount of time. A discussion of the future Hwy. 69 Corridor was broached by Mayor Don Baird.

Baird's main point of concern was the lift station on Hwy. 69 North. At this time, the city is uncertain as to whether the state will buy the land it is on, or if the city will have to move it.

Baird said that "the city is in limbo right now" in regard to the station. Both pumps are in working order, per Keith Barnes, Director of Utilities. The city cannot tear the building down because the pumps are inside. Baird estimates that the cost to the city to move it would be between $5,000 and $7000.

"It can be moved," Baird said. If the state doesn't buy the land, the city has no choice, it will have to move the building.

Parts of Hwy. 69 at present are under construction. The highway between Zavalla and Huntington to the north, and from Lumberton to Warren to the south. The Colmesneil area is last on the list, and work is not scheduled to begin until sometime in 2019.

"That gives us time to consider our options,"Baird said.

In other business, council approved all reports and the minutes from the January meeting. Council also approved a motion to write off all unpaid water bills from 2017. Council went into executive session to discuss and accept bids for the sandblasting and re-painting of Well #2. Upon returning to open session, council voted to hire Tandem Tank & Tower of Moscow for the job, with work slated to begin in the near future.

The city has CDs at Citizens Bank totaling $350,000, and at present, the interest from them is going back into the general account or rolling back into the CD. Council voted to let the interest roll back into each individual CD.

City secretary Mandy Pattillo informed council members that FEMA has all the documentation they need, and the city has been approved for money due to Harvey damage. Council was also updated on road repairs. FM 3065 is slated to get four-foot extensions on each side.

Mayor Baird closed out the meeting with comments about the city's water system, which is still in good shape, and has sustained the city through two hurricanes. The generators are also in good shape.

Council member Duane Crews reiterated the age of the city's water system. The lines currently in place are over 40 years old, and at some point will need to be replaced.

Council members all agreed that the work could be done "a section at a time and pray for a grant."

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