Hogansville discusses emergency repairs to Lawrence Street

Published 6:44 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The City of Hogansville had to take another emergency vote Monday night on the repairs to Lawrence Street after more extensive damage was found to the pipe system.

“It hasn’t been raining cats and dogs in Hogansville, but it has been raining on our parade with respect to this Lawrence Street storm water project,” said City Manager David Milliron. “We organically came to the city about repairs last meeting that grew to just shy of $90,000. I have put in another stop work order on it because there is another area that is damaged.”

City employees Adam Price and James Falcon explained the damage to the city council and what needs to be fixed from it.

According to Price, the top of the pipe was cracked, and it did not last its estimated life expectancy of 75 years.

“What you don’t see here (in a photo he was holding up) is we had the city’s camera going through, but it was getting caught up in muck,” Price said. “We couldn’t see into the depths of the pipe. Once the change order was approved, we got in there deeper and saw that the entire pipe was cracked. When it collapses, all the water will wash out and it will be extremely dangerous.”

Council Member Fred Higgins questioned if there was enough money to cover the expenditure of the repairs.

The council voted to approve to not exceed $126,396 on the project. Other items covered during the meeting included:

  • The council approved for Springfield Baptist Church on Poplar Street to have an extension of two years to remove a mobile structure on its property.
  • The council approved a rate increase to Meriwether County Water and Sewer Authority effective Nov. 1.
  • The council approved the use SPLOST funds of $28,725 for one 20 by 20 feet pavilion at Lake Jimmy Jackson.