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More changes are coming to the city of Lancaster’s ongoing Streetscape beautification project along South Main Street.
At a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6, City Council voted 6-0 to approve a suggestion regarding an old water line and a driveway request from affected property owners.
Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris was absent from the meeting.
Project manager Brian Tripp, of consulting firm WK Dickson, said an existing 6-inch water main on South Main Street is not located where everyone thought it was, and a portion of the line is buried between 6 and 18 feet deep, Tripp said.
“This has impacted the installation of three street lights,” he said. “As a result, WK Dickson has recommended that the city relocate this portion of their 6-inch water main to allow for the installation of the proposed street lights.”
It is estimated to cost $11,620 to move the line.
Councilman John Howard said over past decades, local officials should have picked the brains of staff who had vast knowledge of the city’s old water lines.
“We’re going to continue to find old lines,” Howard said. “We should’ve known 35 or 40 years ago where these things were before people died.”
The owners of Sunshine Rentals and Daystar requested changes to the driveway (curb cut) plans that are part of the improvements.
Daystar has three contiguous lots and Sunshine has one. The properties are all located on the east side of South Main Street.
Tripp said the owners will each gain an additional driveway for their properties, which will simply go back to the way things were before this Streetscape phase began.
Tripp said he isn’t sure why the property owners want the changes now, given that they agreed to the easements.
Mayor Joe Shaw said the city should require property owners in the future to agree – on the front end – not to request changes during the middle of a project.
“The more you get down and documented, it protects us,” Shaw said.
The driveway changes are estimated to cost $3,525.
This is the second time in recent weeks changes have been approved to this Streetscape phase.
On Jan. 22, City Council voted to honor a request from Lynn Blackmon and David Cox, who jointly own property on South Main Street beside the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
Per their request, City Council voted to give Blackmon and Cox an additional driveway.
The water line and latest driveway work total $15,145 – money that will come from the project's contingency fund. After these allocations, $25,085 will remain in that fund.
The total budget for the beautification project is $854,000.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152