As part of the agreement, the Jones County Board of Education will pay for any construction costs to connect the school to the water and sewer lines, including a new pump station, and will turn over ownership of the lines and three pump stations to the city. And it will put in writing its intention to give the city first right to acquire the property in the area of South Madison Street now used for the bus lot and shop when it moves the facility in a few years.
The reduced tap-on fee was the end of a long negotiation between the city and BOE. The original fee to be charged was $93,320.
School Superintendent William Mathews, negotiating for the BOE, had asked that the city waive the fee since the new school was replacing the old school and would not increase capacity for the water and sewer system, and because the BOE would pay all construction costs.
City council had first agreed to cut the fee to $50,000, then to $30,000, but Mathews continued to ask for the fee to be waived.
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