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Williams Sausage planning expansion

Williams Sausage planning expansion
By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Good things are on the horizon for the City of Woodland Mills.
Mayor Wade Carrington informed the board of aldermen Monday night Williams Sausage is planning an expansion that will possibly help the city upgrade some of its sewer system at a very low cost to city residents.
Carrington said he has met with officials at the plant and they are in the process of applying for a grant which would help create 150 jobs and update the lift station at the plant with a pre-treatment facility.
“It will cut down on the smell,” he said, adding the grant will also allow Woodland Mills to replace such things as motors, pumps, meters and valves.
Because the city is participating in the Three Star program and is on the fast-track path for economic development, Woodland Mills will be able to have the normal 8 percent local match for the grant reduced to only 4 percent.
The board discussed the fact that the grant will allow for Williams Sausage to stop its solid waste from flowing through the sewage lines and it will cut down on mechanical issues at the pumping station, as well as the smell that has been the cause of complaints in the city.
The project could be a year in the works, Carring-ton said, with the aldermen agreeing when the time comes to approve a resolution that Woodland Mills would be responsible for the 4 percent match for work on its sewer system.
It was also noted that Williams Sausage estimates its sewage flow will double within five years.
The engineering company JR Wauford is expected to oversee the project.
In a related matter, the board learned there have been complaints about constant smells from one of the city’s sewer pipes. Carrington said he will have someone check it.
After the meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance being led by alderman Tom Menees and in prayer by Carrington, the board:
• Informed resident Wil-bur McWherter that the tennis courts may be used on a first-come basis and no reservations are required.
• Reviewed property tax-es paid and owed to the city and approved financial statements for February, including $7,943.69 in the refuse collection fund, $7,998.59 in the street aid fund, $592,789.68 in the sewer fund and $77,535.51 in the general fund.
• Learned Carrington will be meeting with officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to discuss concerns along Highway 5.
• Was informed Gibson Electric would like to place a substation in Woodland Mills and needs two acres of land within two miles of the Tennessee Valley Authority lines on which to build it.
• Set spring clean-up for April 22.
• Reminded members the next meeting will be 6 p.m. April 8.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.19.13

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