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Statesboro City Council approves water/sewer extension
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    Expect more homes and, possibly, businesses south of the Statesboro city limits in the next few years.
    In its regular meeting Tuesday, Statesboro City Council approved a motion that will expand water and sewer services to undeveloped tracts of land south of the city.
    Councilmen unanimously voted in their evening meeting to award a contract to Tyson Utilities Construction — the low bidder for the project — for about $1.24 million to build a new sewage pump station and install new water lines to service an area between Lanier, Old Register and Langston Chapel roads, which includes The Clubhouse at Hackers.
    “This opens up a huge area of new land that can be developed for residential or commercial uses, and eventually be annexed into the city,” said Wayne Johnson, the director of the city’s Water/Wastewater Department.
    Work on the project could begin within four to six weeks, Johnson said.
    In other business Tuesday, council:
    approved a $25,170 addition to an existing building at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant,
    approved a motion to renew an auditing contract with Thigpen, Lanier, Westerfield and Deal CPA for three more years (the company reviews city accounts yearly), and
    scheduled a public hearing for the 2013 fiscal year budget for 4 p.m. June 12.
    A zoning amendment request originally included on the council agenda, to rezone property at 520 Park Ave. to a high-density residential classification — which allows for multi-family apartments or duplexes — was withdrawn from consideration.
    Council will hold its next scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. June 5.

    Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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