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Lawrenceville council tables talk about United Methodist Village subdivision

Posted on September 14, 2020

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LAWRENCEVILLE — After discussing things for more than an hour, the Lawrenceville City Council tabled talk in regard to a subdivision at the former United Methodist Village, in the area of Cedar Street.

The council has been discussing the project for months, but has as of yet been unable to come up with a final solution to facilitate the property being sold.

“The problem is, it’s not a new subdivision and therefore all of the sewer lines, water lines and storm sewer lines are kind of a like a pig in poke,” Lawrenceville Mayor Don Wagner said following the meeting. “We don’t know what condition they’re in, or how old they are.”

Wagner noted that replacing the lines could cost in the neighborhood of $1 million. A surcharge, he said, could be added to the bills of residents of the area over a long period of time to offset the cost.

“We still don’t have a definitive answer, but we have a better idea now,” Wagner said. “There are still some questions that have to be answered, but I think we can come to a reasonable decision and make this work. It’s already taken a while, and it’ll take a while longer.”

Lawrenceville City Attorney Mike Neal was at the meeting, and suggested a solution to the council, which was ultimately tabled.

Zane Parrott, representing Parrott Real Estate and Auction Company, which is handling the sale of the property, was also present, as was Roy Jackson Dent III, the Effingham law firm representing the United Methodist Village. Additionally, Austin Ridgely, Vice President of Hampton Lenzini & Renwick, Mount Carmel, was in attendance. HLR is the engineering firm that will handle the project.

“We want to save the subdivision,” Wagner said in conclusion. “But we’ve got to do it in a way that doesn’t cost the taxpayers of Lawrenceville a ton of money.”

According to Parrott, the subdivision would contain 37 apartments and homes. In all, approximately 75 units will be sold, including the Mckiou Center, built in 1994, which contains more than 30 units, by itself.

In other business:

• Wagner announced that a two-year agreement with the union representing Lawrenceville’s city employees had been approved. Employees will receive a 60-cent hourly wage increase starting on Oct. 1. An additional 60-cent increase will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2021.

• The council approved the first reading of the 2021 tax levy, which will be a total of $515,000. That’s an increase of 3%, according to Wagner. The levy will be acted upon at the October meeting.

• Wagner noted that a water agreement with the City of Bridgeport is set to expire on Saturday, Oct. 31. Lawrenceville’s utilities committee will meet in Wagner’s office at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 to discuss the situation.

• The council is expected to approve trick-or-treating between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. on the night of Saturday, Oct. 31, at its next meeting. The city-sponsored “Trunk or Treat” event on the town square, which was highly successful when held for the first time a year ago, will likely not take place due to COVID-19 restrictions.

• The council agreed to pursue a grant, which would provide for new sidewalks that lead to the city’s schools.

The next meeting of the Lawrenceville Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at City Hall.

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