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BMA touts $1.5M grant to improve sewer system

Jonesborough has lined up $4.5 million for much-needed work on its sewer system, officials said at the July 12 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
A Rural Development grant for $1.5 million has been awarded to the Town from the Department of Agriculture, said Mayor Kelly Wolfe.
In addition, Gov. Phil Bredesen awarded the Town another $500,000 to make sewer improvements.
“That’s $2 million the taxpayers will not have to repay,” Wolfe said.
Jonesborough has also been approved to borrow $3 million for the improvements through a loan.
In other news, Alderman Chuck Vest said Jonesborough is in good shape fiscally.
“Overall, as tough as it was, we had a pretty solid year,” he said.
Wolfe added that the town finished the last fiscal year ending June 30 with surpluses in both the general fund and the water/sewer fund.
According to Town Administrator Bob Browning’s report, TDOT is moving ahead with a design plan for the round-about at Five Points. They are shooting to have enough of the design done by December to hold a public meeting to discuss the project just before or right after Christmas. TDOT is working on a schedule that would put the project out for bid in June 2011, but that could change.
Persimmon Ridge Road/Jackson Boulevard intersection improvements are supposed to go out for bid in December.