By Mike Robertson

Kemper County Messenger  

The Town of Dekalb Board of Aldermen agreed that it would be willing to provide water for the Kemper Crossing site if Kipling Water Association or another company is unwilling or unable to do so.

At the July meeting of the board, Economic Development Director Craig Hitt updated the board on the Kemper Crossing site, and the town’s willingness to provide water and sewer service to the site.

Hitt stated that Wagonner Engineering has met with the Public Service Commission and has been given a process to follow to encourage Kipling to provide those services to the site. If not, Kipling would be encouraged to give up that territory, and after a prescribed amount of time, if Kipling does not respond, the PSC could step in and take the territory and make it available to someone else.

Hitt’s main objective at the meeting was to verify that the town is willing to provide those services if it reaches that point; the board agreed that they are willing to do so.

The board also discussed the outstanding issue of the National Guard Armory. Mayor Clark Adams stated that he would meet with County Administrator, Dr. Yolanda Cook, to see about setting up a joint meeting between the Boards.

In other action, the Board:

* Set July 10 and July 17 as budget workshop dates with those meetings beginning at 5:30 p.m.

* Voted 4-0 to renew the contract of Board Attorney, Marvin Wiggins, under the current contract provisions. Alderman Mary Donald was not present at the meeting.