Caledonia, anticipating growth, expands water dept.

March 4, 2009



CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia Board of Aldermen is going ahead with plans to expand the Caledonia Water Department. 




The board voted to buy 3.6 acres of land on the corner of South Street and Wolf Road. The town of Caledonia will pay Matt Egger and his sister, Cindy Hudson, $55,000 for the property. 




There are no immediate or specific plans for the property; rather, the purchase was made in anticipation of future projects by the water department. 




"Our water department is trying to expand in a lot of different ways, and we know we are going to need some local land," said Caledonia Mayor Bill Lawrence. 




The board also passed a resolution to accept a low interest $3.6 million loan administered by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which will allow the Water Department to go ahead with plans to build a new water department. The Caledonia Water Department currently serves 1,892 customers. The new facility will allow the utility to expand service to 1,000 additional customers. 




"We anticipate growth in our jurisdiction," said water department Manager Benny Coleman. "We''re surrounded by East Lowndes (Water Association); there''s a Monroe County facility up here that borders us. 




"This would put us in good shape for at least another 10 years." 




The money also will cover the purchase and construction of a new 500-gallon well for Caledonia. The new well will be the fifth well run by the water department, which plans on digging a test hole at the intersection of Dowdle and Wolf roads in the next two weeks.