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Landis moves ahead with wastewater bonds

Landis’ Board of Aldermen approved a resolution that will allow the town to move forward with its wastewater project.
The $1,446,000 will go toward upgrading, expanding and constructing sewer main extensions and rehabilitating the sewer lines.
The town’s current wastewater system was built in 1947, and is in desperate need of repair and replacement.
The town approved $2,200,000 in bonds during the Nov. 2007 election. The bonds will be issued Oct. 28, and will mature on July 22, 2015. The interest rate will be determined by the Local Government Commission when the notes are sold.
The board also unanimously passed a resolution voicing its opposition to a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would redefine which waters are considered federal waters.
“I see it as an over reach of the federal government,” said Mayor James Furr, adding that the change would probably mean more federal mandates without additional federal funding.
The proposed rule doesn’t define boundaries for federal jurisdiction or clearly define what waters are to be regulated by the federal government — leading to the possibility of man-made ditches or stormwater runoffs being considered federal waters.
“It may not be heard, but we’ll send them a message,” Furr said.
Alderman Dorland Abernathy shared about his fight with breast cancer, honored Linda Campbell and thanked those involved with the town’s 5K race last weekend.
Furr said the race was a huge success, especially considering the number of events going on in the surrounding area.
“It was a good event for a good cause,” he said.

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