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Story published: 03-19-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Town must pay Norfolk Southern $27,000 for permit to build sewer line under railway

By Kristen Swing
Executive Editor

As part of ongoing work at Jonesborough’s wastewater treatment plant, the town will have to build a 12-inch sewer line under the railroad tracks adjacent to the plant.

The force main is part of the new outfall line to be constructed from the plant to the Nolichucky River.

During last week’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, members authorized paying Norfolk Southern Railroad $27,000 for the permit needed to build the wastewater outfall line under the railway.

“Any time you deal with the railroad, it is a very prolific kind of ordeal and in this case, expensive,” Mayor Kelly Wolfe said. “Seeing as they probably won’t let us suspend the sewer line above their railroad, we’ll probably have to make this payment.”

Alderman Homer G’Fellers made a motion to authorize the payment pending review of the plan by Town Attorney Jim Wheeler. It was seconded by Alderman Chuck Vest and unanimously passed.