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In the air there’s feeling of Christmas, and the Simpsonville City Commission was busy with sidewalks at its meeting on Wednesday.
That would be the long-delayed and longer-awaited Village Center sidewalk project, to be built on the south side of U.S. 60 from Old Veechdale Road to Fairview Drive, which is about to clear some major hurdles toward actual construction.
City Administrator David Eaton told commissioners that bids will close next Friday on the contract to move the water and sewer lines and clear the area for construction.
And Assistant City Attorney William Brammell reported that the city had received the final remaining easement that the city had gone to court to acquire.
Brammell did not elaborate on proceedings that involved the property at 7026 Shelbyville Road, where property owner Henry Lee had declined to grant an easement for the project, but his announcement indicated a real sense of forward motion on the project.
“I hope to have a bid for you to approve at your next meeting,” Eaton said. “And as soon as I get copies of those documents [the easement], I will send it along to District 5 at the state, so that it can release the funds for the actual sidewalks to be built.
“I hope to have the bids on that toward the end of January so that we could start construction [on the sidewalks] immediately after the water/sewer work is complete.”
Eaton also said that he and other officials had met with the engineer for HNB and discussed the details of the project, traffic issues and other relevant points.
“Hopefully next spring we can have this done,” he said.
Also at the meeting, commissioners: