Easement negotiations continue to hold up a sewer rehabilitation project in Algood.
Mayor Lisa Chapman-Fowler said the city should consider other options if agreements cannot be met with property owners.
“In the event that they are not wrapped up, I think we should get ready to discuss other options with our legal counsel,” Chapman-Fowler said. “This has been pending too long and we’ve got people waiting because of three people holding up a project.”
The previous council approved the project in 2017 and the city began the easement phase last summer. The city has worked to reach an agreement for the three remaining easement since October.
City Manager Keith Morrison said he hopes to finalize the easements before the March council meeting.
“We have talked with the property owners again,” Morrison said. “Matthew, with Haley’s Engineering, is working on those easements to correct the language that they wanted in those.”
A $1.89 million USDA Rural Development loan will pay for the project. Algood will also provide $210,000 towards the final project price.
Morrison said the work will improve hydrant flow from city hall to Mirandy Road. A sewer station will also be installed behind Brookside Drive to carry gravity-fed sewer line from Arbor Place, Oakhaven Place, Old Walton Circle, and Old Walton Road up to Dry Valley.