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Upgrading water lines tops improvement plan

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which lists long-range needs or goals, totals $1.1 million.

The town council will hold a public hearing on the 2008-09 CIP at its September 15 meeting at 7 p.m.

Almost half of the CIP ($468,000) is anticipated for water line upgrades. The town has started replacing water pipes on Watling Street in a section that has had numerous leaks. The cost is $18,000.

Upgrades to pipes on Park and Linden streets are anticipated to cost $125,000. The CIP shows this section being funded possibly in the 2010 budget.

Items on the CIP are not guaranteed to be funded. However, the plan is a way of prioritizing needs. Towns in Virginia are required to have a CIP.

Water pipes on Marston Avenue are due $125,000 in upgrades; and Prince George Street pipes will cost about $200,000. Both projects may be funded in 2012.

The water pipe improvements will be financed through a local bank and repaid through water revenues and the town’s general fund revenue.

The plan is to be updated every year. The town must have a CIP in place so that it may accept cash proffers from developers.

Also making the CIP list is Phase II of the street beautification project for Virginia Street from Cross Street to the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. The town must pay $200,000 (20 percent) of the total cost, which is estimated to be $1 million. The rest will be paid by federal grants that are administered through VDOT.

The town’s share of the street beautification will be paid by donations, funds raised from the Christmas House Tour, and general fund money.

The town’s current budget includes $100,000 toward the street beautification.

The third item on the CIP is replacement of the town’s aging swimming pool at a cost of $425,000, with funding projected for 2011. The bank loans will be repaid with proceeds from the Taber Fund.

posted 09.04.2008

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