Crawford County and Roberta are sharing the costs of several public works projects, including efforts to bring better utility service to the county’s revamped recreation area and an industrial park.
A draft intergovernmental agreement matches county funds and ditch-digging expertise with the city’s water system and expertise with pipe. The upgrades are badly needed, County Administrator Pat Kelly said.
One line -- along Hortman Mill Road near houses, a church and the county’s new concession stand -- isn’t big enough to meet demand, Kelly said.
“We’ve got too many straws into that 2-inch line,” Kelly said. “If everyone takes a shower, nobody can take a shower.”
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That line would be replaced with a 6-inch water line. Water and sewer lines would be extended to a new “spec” building in the Development Authority’s industrial park.
A third construction project would extend a 6-inch water line along U.S. 341 North past the Crawford County administrative offices, offering an option to residents who now have well water.
If the plan is finalized by Roberta’s government -- a vote is expected Feb. 7 -- the county will buy about $10,000 worth of materials for the three projects. That money would later be paid back by the city when sales-tax proceeds are received. County crews and equipment would dig the ditches and trenches for the water and sewer pipes. The city’s experienced crews would connect the water and sewer pipes.
“We’re going to get together and get it done,” Kelly said.
Kelly said the three projects are all near the city limits.
County officials had worried they’d have to bring in two different water lines to the concession stand to get enough water supply. The new water lines should cure such problems for the concession stand and residents. At least one fire hydrant will also be installed with the larger water line, Kelly said.
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