Byron Council OKs $114K for sewer line work

Telegraph correspondentApril 8, 2013 

BYRON -- City Council approved Monday spending $114,482 to rectify an “emergency sewer situation” before May 1.

Councilman Michael Chidester brought the matter before council for quick approval so work can be completed prior to a May 1 funding deadline. Billy McDaniel, director of public works and the city’s planning and zoning commission, said the work involves sewer lines along Walker Road which are being tied to the city’s main sewer line and increased in size from 8 inch to 12 inch lines.

Council also approved a change to an existing contract related to the work to ensure the projected is completed in 30 days, not 60 as the original contract stated. The change also added just under $17,000 in increased funding to the contract.

Also during their regular meeting Monday, council gave the go-ahead on a test case related to a recently passed ordinance allowing the city to dispose of abandoned and derelict property. Again, Chidester put forward a motion that passed unanimously to pursue property which McDaniel said was on Chase Court in the Summit Chase subdivision.

The move will be the first time the ordinance will have been used.

City attorney Joan Harris said the measure is patterned after a Perry ordinance which has been successfully used there in the past to allow the city to clear property and put a lien on it to recover expenses.

Harris said the case should pave the way for Byron to more easily rectify ongoing situations regarding abandoned and derelict properties in the city.

Council also discussed the status of the city not having a certified rescue truck for the city’s fire department. Officials said the city had qualified rescue personnel and equipment but no certified rescue truck.

Council discussed the ongoing possibilities of mounting the equipment on a current fire truck the city owns but which needs a new engine, waiting to see if a Peach County ambulance becomes available for possible conversion or pursuing other means.

After discussion, council tabled the matter to await word from the county about getting an ambulance being taken out of service as they continue to search for a replacement motor for the city fire truck.

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