By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 —
Property sales, sidewalks and water tank improvements were among the talk at Norwood’s first council meeting of 2013.
The property on 718 N. Main St. was recently set to go on sale via public auction, but after consulting with their attorney, the town council has decided to sell it independently.
They adopted a resolution to appoint Jim Phillips, the town attorney, to sell the property for Norwood.
“With this we have to advertise to the public that it is for sale and tell them how to contact Jim,” Town Administrator Dwight Smith said.
They set a minimum price for the property of $45,000.
With an estimated attorney fee and advertising costs, “If we don’t ask for more than $40,000 we’ll lose money,” said Smith.
With the new price set, there will be a required 5 percent deposit on every bid taken for the property.
The town of Norwood is discussing expanding the sidewalks on Mary Branch and Turner streets.
“The state has asked us to install a new easement for Mary Branch Street. We can’t use Powell money on this,” said Smith.
Currently, the town is waiting to consult with their attorney on the matter.
For Turner Street, the town council is talking about extending the sidewalk to where Railroad Street intersects it, in addition to making repairs to the concrete already there.
“The sidewalk will cross in front of the park and then the community building,” Mayor Beverly Johnson said.
The matter was tabled until more prices on the proposed project could be collected.
The Campbell Street water tank is slated to be repaired soon.
“We’ve found traces of lead at the Campbell Street water tank. Not in the water, though. They believe they found lead in the paint on the outside of the tank,” said Smith.
On Friday, the town had professionals come out and take samples of the paint to test it.
Though the Campbell Street water tank has been allotted $50,000 from the budget for repairs, the council may have to shift some money around from another project to ensure the repairs are made.
In other news, plans for the 2013 Arbor Day celebration are well underway.
“We should have enough lighting and equipment to set up two stages,” said Smith.
The event is scheduled to be similar to last year’s event, with bands playing on both Friday and Saturday nights.
“We raised over $9,000 last year,” said Smith.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be February 4.