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Vidalia Ready for Fed Infrastructure Help
Wednesday, 14 January 2009

January 14--  Nobody knows if President-elect Obama's promise to create jobs through a federal infrastructure building program will trickle down to small-town America, but if it does, the city of Vidalia is ready.

City manager Bill Torrance says he's told Congressman John Barrow the city could use $2.8 million to improve city streets.  He says the money would be used to re-pave Adams Street and make improvements to Thompson Pond Road, Airport Road and three railroad crossings.

At it's January meeting Monday night, the council okayed $27,000 to buy eight speed display signs for posting on speed limit signs around the city.  The city of Baxley has been using such signs for a year and Police Chief Frank Waits claims the signs have reduced speeding in Baxley.

The council also approved a $64,000 contract to McLendon Construction for a drainage project on Fifth Street.

And starting in February, city water rates will go up slightly.  Officials say the increase won't effect the average household which uses 10,000 or less gallons a month.  The increase is mandated by the state Environmental Protection Division which believes charging more for water will encourage conservation, according to Torrance.

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