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The Blount Countian, July 11, 2012

No completion date for new bridge

No official completion date has been set for construction on the new Ala 75 bridge just north of Oneonta, but Gary Smith, district manager of the Alabama Department of Transportation for Blount County, estimates the entire project should be finished by the end of the year.

Work on the bridge began Aug. 19, 2011, and the contract calls for the bridge to be completed after 310 working days.

The project costs $4.4 million, and the new bridge will be significantly wider and longer than the original bridge.

Locust Fork cuts garbage pickup fee by 30 percent

The town council of Locust Fork requested bids for its trash pickup service, and was able to reduce the per-month rates from $17.01 provided by Allied Waste, its current contractor, to $10.95 with Waste Pro. The new service will go into effect in September and will include once-per-week trash removal.

“...We think this is all upside,” said Locust Fork Mayor Joe Hughes. “The council is always looking at the services we provide to our citizens, and what we can do better. We looked into garbage pickup in April, and decided to go forward with bidding it. We’re going to get a much lower price and maybe as good a service – maybe even better – with Waste Pro.”

Engineer proposes $550,000 solution to Snead water problem

Snead town engineer Robert Nelson proposed the town build a new storage tank and booster station to address recently discussed water problems.

Nelson commented, “I think that will be the only way we would alleviate many of the problems there (in the Pearman and Mt. Carmel roads area)...A tank would be needed even if you had another water source. We would also include a water booster station to keep the tank full. We talked with some and it looks like we might be able to get a half-acre site (at an appropriate location) for the site.”

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