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Farmington shifts sewer grant funds
by Zack Steen
Jul 18, 2014 | 167 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FARMINGTON – The Farmington board of alderman voted to pull $78,000 of EPA Region 4 grant money out of the city's current sewer improvement plan this week.

“The state said if we used that $78,000 on this project, then we would have to rebid the project,” said Mayor Dale Fortenberry. “Since we already had contracts signed and pipe down, we decided to not use the money.”

The city will be allowed to apply the EPA money to a future sewer projects.

The board agreed to borrow the full $250,000 needed to complete the current sewer project from North Mississippi Planning and Development.

The 25-year loan will be financed at two percent interest.

Work began last month on the current sewer project, which will add 44 new households to the sewer system.

In other business:

• The City of Farmington will look more festive when the holiday season rolls around in December.

The board of alderman recently approved the purchase of 25 additional electric snowflake light pole decorations.

“The new snowflakes will be installed on Central School Road all the way to the school,” said City Clerk Debbie Jackson. “If we have any snowflakes left over, they will be installed down Farmington Road to the city limits.”

The city previously purchased snowflakes in 2012 at a cost of $135 each.

• The Farmington Police Department report for June 17-July 11 included 289 calls for service, 40 traffic stops, 29 citations, three arrests and one traffic accident.

The department assisted the Alcorn County Sheriffs Department, Farmington Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on several calls.

• The Farmington City Court report for June included one guilty plea for careless driving, one guilty plea for child restraint, one guilty plea for driving with a suspended drivers license, two guilty pleas for seatbelt violation, five guilty pleas for speeding 10-19 MPH over the posted speed limit, four guilty pleas for speeding 20 mph and over the posted speed limit and one guilty plea for reckless driving.

• The Farmington Sewer Department report for June 17-July 11 included the active outstanding balance of $21,020.44, the active past due amount of $9,797.09 and the inactive past due amount of $25,248.47. The department placed 54 hang tags, four customers were disconnected for non payment and four customers are currently locked out for non payment.

• The next board meeting is scheduled for August 19 at 6 p.m. at the Farmington City Hall on Farmington Road. The public is welcome to attend.
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