Sidewalk project must be underway in March, or else...

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A five-year study to install sidewalks along a three-block stretch of South Church Street has yet to begin.

Town Manager Jammie Royall is growing tired of the excuses and ongoing delays, including obtaining right of way (easement) requirements.

He stated if the project engineer does not provide plans by March 1, he intends to terminate the contact and hire another engineer.

“I want this project underway sometime in March,” Royall said. “There has been no progress in several years.”

Funding has been set aside for the three-phase project estimated to take three years to complete.

In-house labor will handle the job that involves work on South Church, Franklin, Nelson, Hillsboro and Center streets.

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