Public hearing set to discuss major Hobson City water and drainage project
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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HOBSON CITY – Town officials will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 2, to inform residents about a plan to renovate the town’s water and drainage systems.

“We want the people in the city to know what this project will consist of,” said Mayor Alberta McCrory.

She said the work should fix flooding problems at houses located in the town’s flood plain areas.

“It will take those houses out of that flood plain,” McCrory said, adding that the work would reduce homeowner’s insurance for those residents.

McCrory is in the process of applying for a federal grant administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for the renovations.

Improvements are expected to include replacing undersized water mains and about 135 residential water meters as well as extensive work to renovate rainwater drainage ditches and piping.

Also in attendance at the May 2nd meeting will be Russ Roberts with Birmingham engineering firm Goodwin, Mills and Cawood - the firm under contract to design the water and drainage improvement plan.

The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Hobson City Town Hall.

The council on Monday approved the repair of damaged and rotten eves on the roof of Town Hall.

The improvement is estimated to cost as much as $1,000, McCrory said, and the council voted to pay up to that amount. Local Hobson City carpenters will be hired to make the repairs, McCrory said.

In other business, the Town Council:

[bullet] Voted to allow McCrory to negotiate with the Gadsden-based architect Patricia E. Sherman to help draft a grant proposal for a housing rehabilitation project. An architect is required by the Alabama Department of Economic of Community Affairs before the town can apply for a grant as part of the project to address dilapidated homes in the community.

[bullet] Approved a resolution to adopt the Calhoun County Emergency Operation Plan.

The Town Council will meet for a workshop to discuss changes to the town’s abatement and noise ordinances on April 18 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. The next regular Town Council meeting is scheduled for April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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