Grantville to extend water lines into Meriwether
by Celia Shortt
Despite Grantville Mayor Jim Sells’ attempt to rescind approval of the water line extension into Meriwether County, the Grantville City Council is moving forward with the project.
At Monday’s meeting, the city council awarded a bid of $17,500 to Crawford Grading & Pipeline Inc. to extend existing water lines along Meriwether Street and into Meriwether County. On that road, there are homes without access to fire hydrants.
The water line extension would include the needed hydrants.
Mayor Sells hoped to rescind approval because Grantville Council Member Barham Lundy failed to communicate to the council his ownership of a business on Meriwether Street.
“Nothing illegal is being done,” he said. “Nothing illegal is being accused. It’s a matter of disclosure.”
“I got a business on Meriwether Street,” Lundy said in the council meeting Monday. “I have water. You’re going to deny citizens on Meriwether Street fire hydrants because I have a business there?”
No motion to rescind the approval was made, so the council moved forward with voting on approving the bid.
Council Member Selma Coty agreed that people living on that street do need fire protection. Two homes burned because they did not have access to fire hydrants, she said.
“We already have gas, water, and electric lines that extend into the county (Meriwether),” she said. “I see us becoming a service provider for that area in the next five or so years.”
Council Member Rochelle Jabaley mentioned that the city could not use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds for the project if they pay contract funds.
“Where will the money come from if we can’t use SPLOST funds?” she asked.
Council Member Johnny Cooks recommended using enterprise funds.
“Only one thing to do — use enterprise funds,” he said. “We need to do it because it is a good business decision.”
The council voted to approve the award bid, and Lundy said he was going to abstain after the vote.