County tables request from city for money

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Vandalia asks for $112,000 for water line extension

By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The Fayette County Board on Tuesday tabled a request from the city for funding assistance with the extension of a water line in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.

The city has asked the county to chip in $112,000 for the water line extension, which an engineer has estimated to cost $212,000.

Several board members balked at the request, with the reasons cited including the county’s financial status, the amount requested being more than half of the total project cost and the fear of setting a precedent.

Board Chairman Steve Knebel said he supports the move, because it will benefit the county, as well as the city, because the extension could help in economic development outside the city in that area.

Knebel said he could see the county chipping in less than the requested amount, and some board members agreed to that.

Knebel made a phone call to State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison during the break for committees to go over monthly bills, and Morrison said the board needs to vote on a specific amount, not just a percentage of the project cost, as suggested by board member Troy Pattillo.

For more, see next week’s issue of The Leader-Union.