Newburg mayor, engineer to meet regarding Independence water project

NEWBURG — Newburg Council could get a starting date for the Independence water project this week.

Mayor Edgar Fortney told council members Aug. 7 that he will meet with Morgan Coast, who is an engineer with Vaughn Coast and Vaughn Inc., on Thursday to discuss the project.

The project will allow the town to take the water line as far as the former Independence School and provide water to about 22 homes. This is less than half of the 70 customers who signed up for service. Newburg has worked toward providing water to the neighboring unincorporated community of Independence since 2008.

Fortney said Sheena Hunt, executive director of the Region VI Planning and Development Council, is working on a possible grant that would allow the town to complete the remainder of the project.

At an earlier meeting, Coast told council that instead of putting in another pump station it might be possible to feed the system from the Scotch Hill tank. He said the cost of the additional water line would be about the same as the cost of another pump station, but would save money on upkeep.

In other business, Fortney said the town now has black top sealer for the parking lot of the Newburg Senior Center and the Post Office. He said council is also advertising for a new dump truck.

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