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Baldwin moves forward with improvements to water lines
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Baldwin City Council

When: 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays
Where: Baldwin Police Station, 155 Willingham Ave., Baldwin
More info: 706-778-6341

Baldwin City Council on Monday decided to move forward with Phase I improvements to an aging water line that has had numerous issues.

Plans call for improving pressure reducers on the line, which stretches from the city limits down Old 441 South and Ga. 105, Mayor Jerry Neace said Tuesday. Council is moving forward with an application for an Immediate Threat and Danger grant and obtaining quotes for materials and installation.

Neace said the projected cost is $80,000.

"We've had a lot of issues with water line breaks because of the age of the system ..." he said.

The council also approved a business license for a Dollar General that has been in the works for about nine months. The store is coming to the intersection of Willingham Avenue and Shore Street.

"It's just a good opportunity for our city to begin our economic development because it's going to be right at the edge of our downtown and it's in our city corridor with 441," Neace said.

Council waived water and sewer tap fees for the business and tabled a decision about land subdivision due to lack of information.

The council also approved collecting prepaid wireless fees to pay for 911 service.

The city does not have a 911 system, but the money will help Habersham and Banks counties, Neace said.

The state began charging the tax following a 2008 state law that allowed the Department of Revenue to assess a 911 fee on prepaid wireless phones.