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Rincon approves bid for 9th Street sewer work

POSTED: December 16, 2013 8:29 p.m.

Rincon City Council members have approved a contractor to begin work on its planned 9th Street utility improvements.


Y-Delta, a Statesboro-based firm, was awarded the bid. Of the four bidders, Y-Delta had the lowest submittal at approximately $957,000. Tim Baumgartner of EMC Engineering said the project was estimated to be about $950,000.


Engineering on the project is expected to cost $120,000, and the total project cost is expected to be $1.35 million. But city officials are hoping to whittle that down to $1.1 million.


Baumgartner and city public works director Tim Bowles will meet with Y-Delta to see if they can pare the costs through reductions in various fees.


Rincon received $500,000 in a community development block grant from the state Department of Community Affairs. The project is expected to benefit 385 people, of whom 94 percent are low- to moderate-income. The city, in its grant application, pledged $602,409 in match and leverage.


Construction is expected to begin in 60 days, and the project is slated to be finished in October 2014.


Council members also approved the fiscal year 2014 budget and set their millage rate at 0.


“Since 1997-98, we’ve been able to roll back our property tax in the city,” said Mayor Ken Lee.


Through its local option sales tax proceeds, the city set its millage rate at 5.62 mills and then voted to roll it back to 0. City attorney Raymond Dickey suggested setting the rollback at 8.62 mills. Dickey advised, “at an abundance of caution,” to set the millage at 8.62 and then roll it back to 0.


He recommended that in case the city needed to raise 4 mills of property tax, for whatever reason, but their current level would cap that hike at 3.


Council members also approved submitting a request to Effingham County commissioners for 100 percent annexation of non-contiguous property the city owns. The property is at the intersection of Blue Jay and McCall roads. Council members and commissioners have discussed the possibility of a fire station on that property.

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