- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - An auxiliary water line to serve about 10,000 customers in Vicksburg is still in the planning stage, but county and city administrators have agreed on a plan to maintain the line once it is built.

The Vicksburg Post reported (http://bit.ly/1fyP96a) the Warren County Board of Supervisors have approved the county-funded portion of an agreement to help the city oversee the line on Fort Hill Drive.

The water line will be built using a $2.45 million grant from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Plans show the route would start at the city’s water treatment plant and wind along North Washington to a location near the Vicksburg National Cemetery, where it would cross federal property.

The city would pay the low end of the 75-25 funding split on the grant, or $841,821.

The agreement is the latest in a series of shared-services deals between the city and county and was written to cover the “operation, control and maintenance” of Fort Hill, the main access road to the USS Cairo Museum and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Legal descriptions dating to 1936 show the street was deeded to Warren County.

Vicksburg National Military Park follows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service definition of a wetland, one that is more stringent classification than the Corps’. Park officials told the city last week the line would cross the drainage area for Mint Springs, which flows through the park. Another meeting, between the Army Corps and the park, is set March 27.

Unless the wetlands issue is resolved, park officials said, the permit to build the line across the park won’t be issued.

The engineering contract for the line project was awarded let in 2010 to Jackson-based IMS Engineers after a chunk of land under North Washington Street eroded, threatening the city’s main 36-inch water line and starting talk of building a secondary line.

The main line was later moved.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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