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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Mayor and City Council Approve More 1 Percent Sales Tax Projects

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Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the Jackson City Council, on Tuesday, July 13, approved plans to spend more than $550,000 of 1 Percent Sales Tax funds to design replacement of sections of a waterline on Wooddell Drive and Belhaven Creek drainage improvements.

The creek, in Ward 7, flows through the Belhaven community to the Pearl River and has undergone severe erosion and flooding over the past several years, causing significant damage for property owners. Southern Consultants, Inc., will be paid $224,789 to evaluate the creek watershed from Woodrow Wilson Drive to the Pearl River and design a drainage plan to reduce flooding and erosion.

The Mayor and Council also agreed to pay CiViLTech, Inc. up to $329,000 to design a plan to remove and replace the existing 2 and 4 inch waterlines on Wooddell Drive and adjacent streets with an 8 inch waterline. The upgrade will improve both the area’s water capacity and fire rating. As part of the process, the City also plans to resurface the impacted Ward 6 streets, which include Wooddell Drive, Cliffwood Drive, Lakewood Drive and Oak Forest Drive.

Both projects are among more than 30 the City will undertake this year as part of its Municipal Special Sales Tax Funded Infrastructure Improvement Program and brings to a total of nine so far that have received approval from the Council for design work to proceed.

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