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By Gretchen McPherson
Staff Writer 

Century to move forward on wastewater

Council signs agreement with the county to be reimbursed $450,000 to address issues


July 22, 2021

The Century Town Council Monday night approved a proposed interlocal agreement between the county and the town for the town to be reimbursed $450,000 for a grant for expenses related to wastewater projects.

The grant fund award is on the agenda for approval by the Escambia County (Fla.) County Commissioners this Thursday, July 22, at its meeting.

Council members were given a Grant Work Plan outlining the scope and cost of the work in phases.

The town has spent $50,000 for Phase 1 engineering design and construction, which is the match amount for the $400,000 grant. The $50,000 will not be reimbursed.

Phase 2 for design and land acquisition and description is $57,000 and $343,000 for Phase 2 construction, which is the remaining $400,000.

Century Interim City Manager Vernon Prather said as work progresses the town will make requests for reimbursement to the county, providing invoices and check copies and other pertinent documents.

Councilman Luis Gomez asked Prather where the money was coming from and Prather told the council that this money is committed as a legislative appropriation from Commissioner Steven Barry who came to visit the Century water treatment plant about 18 months ago.

The town has spent $50,000 on the engineering portion of Phase 1.

Councilwoman Sandra McMurray Jackson made a motion which was seconded by Councilwoman Dynette Lewis. The motion carried. Councilman Leonard White and Councilman James Smith were not present at the meeting but did phone in later during the meeting.

In other business, the council:

-Approved a resolution between the city of Gulf Breeze and the town of Century with Capital Trust Agency for bonds to be issued to acquire, construct, renovate, equip and furnish educational facilities at Palm Bay for Pineapple cove Classical Academy that will bring the town a minimum of $7,200.

-Approved the transfer of $10,920 to pay an invoice submitted by J. Miller Construction for prep work at the town's industrial building for sealing and restriping the front parking lot as part of the town's plan to make the building more appealing.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, August 2, at Century Town Hall located at 7995 N. Century Boulevard.


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