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May 4, 2013

Holly Pond council moves forward with waste water system upgrade

HOLLY POND — The Holly Pond town council has moved forward with a process to upgrade its waste water system.

During a special called meeting, the council signed off on the town's application with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) for the upgrades through a Revolving Loan Fund program.

The projected cost of the project is expected to be roughly $314,000. But, with grant money paying for half, the town’s portion through ADEM would total around $156,000. Based on a 2.75-percent interest rate for 20 years, Holly Pond mayor Herman Nail said the town would pay “about 900 a month” to get the project done.

Nail said he looked at two or three different ways to address the issue, but none were feasible because of the cost. So, the council decided to go another direction and do repair work on the town's two main pump stations — stations 1 and 3.

“The town’s sewer system is working fine,” Nail said. “But with it being 20 years old, and having only one purifier, we’re worried there could be problems in the future.”

Nail said as part of the project, both stations would be reworked from the ground up, including the electrical end. All equipment, valves and other materials would we replaced.

Though he didn’t have an exact date on when the project would be started, Nail said he hopes to get it moving within the next few months.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at

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