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Linden Utility Board closing loan for city’s lagoon project

The Linden Utility Board is in the process of closing a $792,000 loan with First Bank of Linden to fund the city’s lagoon project, which costs approximately $1.8 million and includes adding a new lift station and a new pump station, replacing discharge valves and building a chlorine contact chamber.

An emergency valve installation that took place in September added $13,750 to the final price. The city hired Goldman Contracting for the lagoon project.

The board also entered an agreement with the U.S. Department of Interior for the department to conduct a geological survey for Sycamore Creek. The board must pay $4,000 per the agreement.

Public Works Supervisor Wallace Walker also informed the board that parts have been ordered to repair the booster station near Uniontown. Multiple valves needed to be replaced, and Public Works Director Terry Tyson estimated in September that it would cost $30,000 to fix. However, he also emphasized that this is the first time in the station’s thirty-year history that it has required additional funds for repairs.

Nelson & Company also conducted water system evaluation through a $30,000 USDA SEARCH grant, which the board approved in November.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, November 27 issue of the Demopolis Times.)