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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

January 18--  Vidalia City Manager Bill Torrance provided a year-in-review during the January "Vidalia Today" radio broadcast.  Here are the highlights of the discussion.




  • Bill Bedingfield has been appointed at the new City Clerk replacing Mary Mclntyre (retired)
  • General Fund completed 2010 in the black with a $272,000 fund balance
  • Water and Sewer completed 2010 in the black with a $57,000 fund balance
  • Airport completed 2010 in the black with an $11,000 fund balance


  • Preliminary plans have been completed for the construction of a new Police Department including a Municipal Court located in the Downtown Plaza Shopping Center. Other agency offices and activities could be located in the remaining space


  • Dale Dykes, Assistant Fire Chief of 38 years retired on December 31, 2010. The structured interviews will begin in February for a new Assistant Fire Chief and up to two Captains
  • We continue to work for grant funding for a badly needed pumper that will be equipped with a ladder attachment.


  • The new recreation facility located on Ezra Taylor Road will open and play will begin in April of this year
  • A grant for a new walking/nature trail will be executed in 2011
  • This facility will continue to be developed and will serve our community for many years for both adult and youth activities. It will also relieve pressure on the Ed Smith complex to help meet the needs of the youth activities

Public Works/ Roads

  • The CDBG project on Poe Street, 2nd Ave and the ditches from MLK to 292 is almost completed. Thompson Pond Road has been resurfaced and several streets were resurfaced throughout the city on the LARP program in 2010. A resurfacing program in planned with a budget of approximately $200,000 in 2011

Public Works / Water and Sewer

  • Both Waste Water Treatment Facilities and the Potable Water System have received national awards through the EPA.
  • Tours were given to our middle school students from JR Trippe highlighting the complexity and importance of water and waste water facilities
  • We have maintained our Adopt-a-Stream program in conjunction with J.R.Trippe Middle School. This program has also received state recognition and teaches middle school students the importance of managing our natural resources.


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