As each month goes by, the town of Montross’ replacement of its old piping draws closer and closer to completion.
The project was initially unveiled several years back with the goal of replacing the smaller water pipes that go through some sections of the town with 6-inch piping like the rest of the town possesses. When the Town Council’s February meeting rolled in, Vice Mayor Joey King gave his take on where things stood.
“It’s very interesting how the process is going,” he commented. “They’re making it look easier than it is, for some reason. But there still has to be the hookups when they finish with running the pipe. I’m sure some folks are not completely happy with the process once they start the digging, but they do try to put everything back as they go. It’s looking better, but the weather doesn’t help, but they are committed to making sure the process goes good.”
General feedback so far from the public appears to be largely positive, particularly in the sections of town off the beaten path. Meanwhile, the Request for Proposals involving the meters went out last week.
“Of course, there will be little snags here and there,” King continued, “things that come up that we have to be cool, calm, and collected about, and work through any concerns people may have. People don’t like having their yards dug up, but this is bigger than any of us.”
Bobby Reamy had a couple of questions for the Council when public comment came, specifically with regards to the extent of the pipe replacement, which Councilwoman Carolyn Carlson helped clear the air on.
“The question is not what kind of water system we’re getting,” Reamy stated, “but rather how much of a water system are we getting for the town.
The perception for many people is that we’re getting a completely new water system for the town, but what are we really getting?”
“We’re getting a new well,” Carlson explained. “We are required to get one. There are areas that already have the 6-inch lines, and that’s what’s being put in over in areas where there were 2.5 to 3-inch. The entire town, at this time, is not going to get new water lines.”
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