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Shop owners concerned about city construction plans

Modified: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Local business people exchange questions and concerns with James Pearson, center, and other planners and engineers from PXX Public Works Management Inc. and the City of Florence Wednesday evening at city hall.

In an open house meeting that brought in nearly a full house, engineers, staff and committee members, all representing the city, faced dozens of business owners and residents at City Hall on Wednesday to talk about major construction plans slated for Old Town.

Plans that were set in motion some five years ago by a fledgling agency are becoming a reality as the city prepares to call for bids from contractors to replace water mains, waterlines and manholes, and business owners are concerned about construction hurting their businesses.

The improvements call for construction crews to tear up pavement along old 6-inch waterlines, replace old fire hydrants and reconnect or replace old water meters along Second Street to Kingwood Street and Bay to Nopal streets. Crews are not able to project any surprises they might encounter in digging below city streets up to long-standing businesses. Some water mains and other key infrastructure have been “buried” through years of changes to buildings and businesses.

For the complete article see the 11-17-2012 issue.

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