Colbert could bargain for a series of water system upgrades when it renegotiates its contract with Piedmont Water.
The city’s 15-year agreement doesn’t expire until 2012, but the company wants to move forth with signing Colbert to another long-term deal.
Colbert’s share of the revenue would increase from 20 percent to 40 percent upon signing a contract extension. However, the city could opt to maintain the 20 percent share and substitute half a million dollars worth of water system upgrades for the other 20 percent.
“We’re going to figure it both ways and see which way we come out the best,” mayor John Waggoner said.
Colbert is eying four projects that warrant attention — replacing substandard water lines on three different streets and installing a water line under Hwy. 72 and the railroad at Canna Street.
Whether the city takes the 40 percent or chooses the upgrades, Colbert will benefit, Waggoner said.
“It’s a pretty good deal either way,” he said.
The contract extension is for 15 years, but Colbert could opt out at any time by paying a fee.
F.O.J. CELEBRATION APPROACHING
Colbert’s annual Independence Day celebration is fast- approaching and the city seeks volunteers.
“We need all the help we can get on the Fourth of July,” mayor John Waggoner said.
Specifically, it needs people to man its museum, log cabin and train caboose exhibits from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. that day.
Following its usual tradition, Colbert canceled its July meeting, agreeing to convene only if something “special happens,” Waggoner said.
In other news, Colbert agreed to tackle drainage problems in Crystal Creek subdivision next year when it has money in the budget to pay for it.
Remedying the problem required curbing, funds the city doesn’t have currently.