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New city council faces old wastewater problem
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Feb 27, 2014 | 1058 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gray’s February meeting of all city committees last week was the first since the new committee assignments were put in place.

Councilman Terrell Fulford is the new chairman of the Finance Committee, and he reported that the city’s finances are in good shape. He said $763,507 in city property taxes have been collected, which is 90 percent of the taxes due.

Fulford suggested setting up a meeting with the city’s accountants.

Councilman Benny Gray remains chairman of the water and sewer committee. He deferred to City Superintendent Russ Dorman, who said the city is still working on funding for a new wastewater treatment plant. He said the USDA denied the city’s request because of median household income figures that are in dispute.

“We are still in the beginning stages of an in-house survey to establish income and hope to have results in a month or two,” he said.

Dorman said the deadline for grant eligibility is September or October. He said the city was approved for everything, but the average income is what is holding up the funding.

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