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Despite higher cost, city to do sewer work
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McMinnville officials are moving forward with a sewer rehab project despite having to contribute an additional $44,495 to receive a $500,000 grant.Tuesday night’s vote to pay the extra funds and accept the grant passed unanimously by Major Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner, Rick Barnes and Billy Wood.The city applied for a Community Development Block Grant totaling $500,000 back in 2010. Word recently came that the grant had been awarded with a match requirement from the city of $80,000, bringing the total to $580,000. When bids were received by city engineer Anthony Pelham, the actual cost for the project was $624,495, meaning the city had to pitch in an additional $44,495 with its grant match of $80,000.Pelham brought the bad news to the city Sept. 24 during and Water and Sewer Committee meeting stating, “Bids were opened.