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Council accepts loan for Mollies Branch sewer line in Whiteville

As expected, Whiteville City Council Tuesday night accepted an interest-free, 20-year loan of $1,014,159 from the state revolving loan program for phase one of repair/replacement of the Mollies Branch sewer line from Washington Street to Main Street. The current line, one of the main collector lines in the city sewer system, has leaks that allow groundwater to infiltrate the system, causing problems at the sewer plant and adding treatment costs to wastewater operations. .

Whiteville City Council held its first meeting in its new chambers Tuesday. Shown opening the meeting is the Whiteville Fire Department color guard.


Whiteville City Council held its first meeting in its new chambers Tuesday. Shown opening the meeting is the Whiteville Fire Department color guard.

Council also approved an agreement between the city and the Adams Company for administrative and technical housing services for hazard mitigation program grants (buyouts/elevations) for recovery from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Based in Warsaw, the Adams Company will be paid $17,000 for services rendered.  The city is also working on similar grant applications for recovery from Hurricane Florence last year.

At the end of an unusually short meeting, council went into closed session to instruct staff on the city’s negotiating position on an unspecified piece of real property the city is considering acquiring. No official action was taken during or after the closed session.

Stuart Rogers