White plans for upcoming projects, Spring Fest
by Mark Andrews
Mar 06, 2012 | 1538 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The White City Council on Monday discussed upcoming projects, which included more paperwork on the citywide sewer project as well as renovating the city's clubhouse and a Spring Fest city festival in April.

City Engineer John Sweitzer presented the council during their regular business meeting a revised engineering contract for the city's sewer project.

The expansion project, to be funded by a $969,700 grant and a $2,805,000 loan, will add approximately 27,000 feet of collection sewers to provide sewer service to nearly all residences and businesses within the corporate limits of White. The loan will be repaid at 3 percent interest over a 40-year term by sewer service revenues.

"You signed an engineering contract for the [citywide sewer project] back in May of 2010 and then we got to work on [other project reports] and it was all presented to [United States Department of Agriculture], and in the mean time, they changed their regulations," Sweitzer said.

He said the contract change will not affect the project, although the contract will not be valid until it is signed by the USDA and returned to the city.

City Manager Jane Richards announced the city is taking efforts to promote its upcoming Spring Fest on April 21, which will include a custom car show, entertainment, vendors and entertainment for children, including a bike show for preschool, elementary school and middle school students.

"The best bicycle will win and it will be peoples' choice," Richards said. "... We're going to try to do a little bicycle parade where [children] ride around and show off their bikes."

She added, "We're going to try and come up with something different every year, if something doesn't work, we won't do it next year."

Richards also said she hopes to have available for purchase at the event replicas of the original Cass High School "White Warrior" T-shirts.

New business included renovation of the city's clubhouse, which thus far has included an inspection for damages, pressure washing and cleaning to the outside.

"I did go in the other day and the first thing we had to do was get new doors and windows, and that's pretty big [financially] so we're working on that," Richards said, adding most efforts at this point are directed at the outside of the building.

She said among indoor renovations, the building needs electrical and plumbing work and that the city's summer maintenance budget will cover the renovations.

"That building will hold 100 people and its great for reunions, maybe receptions, and if you keep it nice and a lot of people want to use it then maybe we can make money off of it and try to get back the money that we spent on it," Richards said.

The council will meet again on April 2 at 7 p.m. in city hall.