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Lula OKs budget for improvements

Money to cover street repair, downtown landscaping, sewer line replacement

POSTED: July 17, 2013 12:58 a.m.

Lula City Council has approved $364,500 in capital improvements for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The funding from special purpose local option sales taxes will cover street drainage work, downtown landscaping, street resurfacing and sewer line replacement.

The council approved about $341,000 at Monday’s meeting, but the numbers changed slightly, City Manager Dennis Bergin said.

Councilwoman Vicky Chambers said some of the work is part of revitalizing the downtown area.

The Phase III streetscape work is the most expensive item at $131,000. Chambers said the alleyways behind the main section of town flood when there’s a lot of rain.

Mayor Milton Turner said the city has had to do a small amount of additional work due to the amount of rain this year.

“That’s the beginning process of doing most of the downtown renovations that we’ve been working on and trying to do,” Chambers said.

There’s also money that’s been put aside for landscaping near the Veterans Memorial Park.

“Making it just look better downtown,” Chambers said. “Planting some plants and covering up some of the eyesores, just the dirt, where nothing had been planted, to give it kind of a connection all the way through town.”

The sewer transmission line on Pine Street came in at $110,000, followed by street resurfacing at $79,000. That includes $29,000 in state funds for road assistance.

The Poole building, which is adjacent to the park, needs a new roof. It’s an old building that has had a lot of problems. Repair costs on it are $20,000.

The city plans to put in a public restroom for the children who use the park. The building could be rented or used as a theater or historical museum, Chambers said.

The capital improvement budget is about the same as usual, based on SPLOST VI revenue, Turner said. The city had to set priorities on what projects to do because it had about $500,000 in needs.

“You can do what you have money with,” Turner said. “We base it off of SPLOST dollars. We always spend what we’ve got in. We don’t spend what we don’t have.”

The budget amount changed in part because the council decided to pave the parking lot of Rafe Banks Park, Turner said.


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