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Commons planning on fast track

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The mayor and board of aldermen passed several motions and resolutions at last week’s meeting that notches ahead funding for infrastructure at Holly Springs Commons.

The board passed a resolution of intent that paves the way for obtaining $594,830 for work on Chatham Heights sewer project, to repair and extend the sewage and sewage disposal system from Owens Grocery on Van Dorn to the lagoon near Highway 78.

Aldermen then passed a memorandum of understanding with several private investors that will pave the way for the city to purchase a building with FHA funds. The memorandum paves the way for a new hospital and medical park to go in to the west of Holly Springs Commons.

A third motion passed providing authorization to borrow $250,000 for the laying of sewer mains in Holly Springs Commons. The money will be paid back with a small municipal grant from the state, according to Don Hollingsworth with public works.

So far, the city has requested $3 million for infrastructure improvements in the Holly Springs Commons area.

“This project is moving,” Hollingsworth said.

In other business, the board of aldermen:

  • authorized purchase of a pipeline heater to prevent condensation from freezing on incoming gas supply lines to the city at a cost of $27,650.
  • approved purchase of GIS-GPS equipment to be used to map utility cutoff valves, meters and the like. The system will allow utility workers in the field to quickly locate shutoff valves in emergencies such as the broken fire hydrant main. Hollingsworth said difficulty in locating the shutoff valve two weeks ago prolonged the repair process, cost the city money and resulted in a loss of 2.5 million gallons of potable water.
  • opened bids for supplies and accepted a bid of $20,950 from Campbell Blueprint of Memphis for a large format plotter/scanner.

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