City purchases property for LG&W

The New Albany Light, Gas & Water’s gas crews are one step closer to having a new home.
LG&W Manager Bill Mattox announced to the board last Thursday that plans to purchase five acres of land on East Bankhead had been finalized last month.

“We closed on the Gowan property on Dec. 28,” Mattox said.  “This is a great location because it is right across the street from where our electric and water crews are aldready located.”
According to Mattox, the main reason for purchasing the property was to provide more space for the gas crews than their current location on Wilbanks.
“Right now, we can’t really get delivery trucks in and out very easily,” Mattox said.  “The building they’re in is several years old and was originally built for the electric crews.”
He said the city purchased the land for $49,000 and that plans to buy it were finalized because the family wanted to close before the end of the year.
“Right now, we don’t really have a timetable for completing the project,” Mattox said.  “We’ll have to get the land cleared off and then get an architect to come and take a look at it and develop our plans from there.”
In other business related to the city utility, a public hearing will be held in two weeks regarding the city’s plans to apply for grant money to improve the city’s water system.
Mattox said the hearing, set for 10 a.m., Jan. 22 at the New Albany City Hall, is part of the procedure the city must follow to apply for grant money from Rural Development.
The proposed $3 million project would allow the city to construct two water production wells, one elevated storage tank, one pump station/ground tank and replace multiple water lines throughout the city, with a majority being located in the north side.
Mattox said that the hearing will be an opportunity to explain the proposal in greater detail and allow citizens the chance to ask questions.