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Hearing closes out water, sewer grant

By Staff, 07/20/21 11:22 AM

PRESCOTT – A public hearing with no public was held prior to the July meeting of the Prescott City Council Monday night.

The meeting was to close out a grant for a water and sewer project that started two years ago. The grant was for $200,000 and repaired lines on West Walnut and West Olive. The grant was provided by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC). Perry Nelson said the project went down Hwy. 67 to West Pine by the Nevada County Depot Museum and on to West Second to Greenlawn. He told the council there were sewer lines the Prescott Water and Sewer Department couldn’t get to, so these lines were replaced and relocated. In addition, the plumbing was changed at the museum which should resolve the issues there.

Nelson reminded the panel in some instances the lines were more than 100 years old, and the paperwork details the entire project. The old lines were plugged and removed from the system. The old pipes were capped to prevent leakage.

From there, though, the hearing went off topic as members of the council brought up issues having nothing to do with the water and sewer project. The primary question concerned the utility work being done on Greenlawn. Nelson said this had nothing to do with the city, but was due to a gas leak which was repaired by Centerpoint Energy. However, the patch blew out a week later and crews had to return and dig a portion of the street up to welt and insert valves. This caused the company to have to rebore the street to connect the services and became a big ordeal.

However, Nelson said, the city believes Centerpoint will hire a contractor to repair the street.