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Contract Awarded for Streetscape in Vidalia
Tuesday, 13 May 2014

May 13--  Work is expected to start this summer on a long-awaited project to beautify a four-block area of downtown Vidalia north of the railroad tracks.

Back in 2005, when Vidalia was represented by Congressman Jim Marshall of Macon, a $400,000 federal grant was approved for the project.  Nine years later the Georgia Department of Transportation released the money to the city and Monday night the city council approved the apparent low bid from OCS, Incorporated of Vidalia of $632,832.00. 

The portion of the project not paid for by the grant plus another $117,000 for a Georgia Power lighting upgrade will be paid for with sales tax revenue. 

Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance says, "It's going to be a mirror of what we've already got in the four-block area downtown south of the railroad tracks.  We'll have benches, greenspace, new sidewalks and streets in the area bounded by Pine Street to Thompson Street and North Main to Morris Streets.  It will all be upgraded to match what we've got on the southside of the railroad tracks."

Torrance expects work will start within two months.

In other news from Monday's Vidalia city council meeting, the city agreed to give a discount to non-profit organziations which use the community center if they can validate their non-profit status and prove the money raised directly benefits the local community.

The council agreed to begin the process of consolidating all voting precincts in the city to one voting location at the Vidalia Police Department.  The change would impact only city elections and would have no impact on voting places for county elections.

The council okayed penalities for no-shows in city court.  It gives the city judge authority to levy a $200 fine and up to three dails in jail for ignoring a summons.

It took under advisement a request from the Vidalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to host a free fireworks show at the new city park on Saturday, June 28th.

Meanwhile, the council okayed a request from Andy Clarke to host a cruise-in car show in the park on Saturday, June 7 as a charity benefit.

Mayor Ronnie Dixon said he plans to form a city council committee to set up parameters and procedures on the use of the new park and stage facilities.

In other actions, the council appointed Tracey Adams to the Library board and heard from Onion Festival Chairman Les Salters that this year's festival operated in the black and from Toombs County Development Authority Executive Bill Mitchell that an auto parts manufacturer from India is considering locating in Toombs County.

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