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February 6, 2014

Garden City caps a year full of projects

GARDEN CITY — A $350,000 project to install nearly two miles of new water lines through town is winding down, capping a year that included repaired streets, new firefighter turnout gear and most recently —the opening of a new business.

Garden City officials have stayed busy with the projects in recent months and plan to begin reaping the benefits of the water line project with a 10 percent reduction in water loss, said Mayor Tim Eskew. The town is waiting for the state to finalize the project that was funded with a $350,000 Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant. New lines were installed along a portion of U.S. 31 north and south as well as around Garden City Elementary and Garden City Baptist Church.

This fall, Garden City hired Good Hope Contracting to patch and repair a number of streets, totaling about $35,000 in improvements, Eskew said. The following streets received upgrades: Eighth Street, from U.S. 31 to Second Avenue; Second Avenue to Third Avenue; Fourth Street and Fourth Street at U.S. 31; McAnnally Street and McAnnally at Railroad Avenue; Third Street and Second Street.

The Garden City Fire Department also received five new sets of turnout gear, valued at $8,900, Eskew said. The gear will outfit nine firefighters at the department, he said.

Last week, the town welcomed a new business with the opening of Sawmill Furniture in the old Price's store at 106 First Avenue South. The business sells handmade log furniture from a Mennonite craftsmen from Missouri as well as other handmade rustic type furnishings. Read more on this in an upcoming issue of The Times.

Eskew said he’s working with another potential business that will employ a total of three workers, and the town is looking at finding the business a location. Bringing new business to the town of roughly 500 is something officials want to focus on since the number of companies operating in Garden City has dwindled in recent years.

Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at towens@cullmantimes.com or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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