CHARLESTON - Messed-up yards are an unavoidable part of installing a water system, but Mississippi County residents are dealing with it as well as any other district.
Darren Kincy, an engineer for Green and Associates on the rural water system installation project in Mississippi County, reported the system as being 72 percent complete during Thursday's County Commission meeting.
One resident who had complained to commissioners about the placement of the line past his home claims the line is on his ground, not in the right of way, Kincy said. "He wants it moved."
Kincy said he is sure of the placement, as the right of way extends 30 from the centerline on each side of the road. "I did a lot of measuring," he said. "When we came around his flower bed we were right at 30 feet." The pipe has already been buried.
In some places it has been necessary to run the line under the road's ditch, but "it is not the best place to put that line," Kincy said.
The system is still lacking 3-inch lines at Bradley Street and Melon Lane as well as "odds and ends" around the county and a few quarter-mile stretches, he reported.
Kincy said a few meters have been set north of Charleston, but there have been no hookups yet. He estimated that in about a month, crews will finish putting main lines in and will start putting in the remaining 600-700 meters.
In other Mississippi County news:
* Commissioners will projected the cost of the county's labor and equipment use on a storm sewer project for Anniston at $35,000. The contribution will count toward the required 20 percent in local matching funds.
"They need it over there bad," said Blumenberg. "They flood bad in that area."
The figure will be used on Anniston's application for $420,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding to put in a storm sewer and about 1,800 feet worth of culverts.
Commissioners arrived at the figure by using an hourly rate of $60 per hour for motor grader, backhoe and truck hauling during the six-month project.
The trucks will be used to haul dirt. "There will be very little trucking," Blumenberg predicted.
Much of the work will be placing about 80 driveway culverts.
Blumenberg said Anniston is also trying for a grant to pave their streets. The town has a total of about 3 miles of roads.
* Commissioners approved an edited version of the county's Local Emergency Operation Plan.
Approval was delayed due to numerous errors found by county officials in the plan's text.
"They cleaned up what we asked them to clean up," County Clerk Junior DeLay said.
* A section of Hurley Road used for a blacktop maintenance experiment by the county road and bridge superintendent proved to be a good example "of what that oil can do," said Commissioner Martin Lucas. "He oiled half of it and didn't oil the other half."
The county has used the oil to rejuvenate blacktop in many places rather than laying new blacktop.
"That east half has gone to pot," Lucas reported. "The east half is gone and the west half is still together."
* Road and bridge department workers need to do more mowing, park some road graders, and get ready to spray some Johnson grass, according to commissioners.
* Commissioners noted some home construction in the south end of the county.