Washburn to assist with water extension project

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Washburn City Council voted to assist with a water extension project at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 16, 2008.

Mark Brooks, water and wastewater superintendent, reported that Pete Rose has asked the city to pay one-half of the cost for pipe that will be needed to extend the city's water system to Rose's property on the east side of Highway 90. Rose plans to open a new business on the property.

The council voted to pay one-half of the costs for pipe and gravel and purchase two valve plugs and a hydrant for the project. The city will also provide some of the labor. Rose will be responsible for the remainder of the costs.

Brooks also reported that a 200-amp breaker was needed at the property located next to the city hall. After discussion, the aldermen voted to ask Barry Electric to replace the old breaker with a 200-amp breaker.

In other business, the Washburn City Council:

* Voted to suspend utility services on the outside hydrant at Hilery Apartments for the winter months.

* Heard that Aldermen Ray Hayworth and Sherry Cox and City Clerk Sue Rose recently attended a fire department meeting to request assistance with the city's storm siren. David Brooks, Doug Lawyer and Jeremy Johnson volunteered to activate the siren if it does not sound automatically during severe weather.

* Voted to have city employees build a security fence around a city lot where a small diesel tank and other equipment is located.

* Decided to place the city's new storm siren on a light pole located on the southwest corner of the intersection of First and North Streets.

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