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November 14--  The City of Vidalia has approved a contract to repair six streets damaged by Hurricane Irma in September.

At its meeting Monday night, the City Council awarded a $421,000 contract to McLendon Enterprises of Vidalia to repair damages on Darby Circle, Rocky Creek Drive, Lewis Drive, Stella Avenue, Kissingbower Road and Clydette Boulevard.

The city has applied to the state and federal governments for hurricane relief funds to pay for the contract and work will not start until the funds are provided, according to Vidalia City Manager Nick Overstreet. 

The council also approved a request from Republic Services and Environmental Services Group which will increase the price residential customers will pay for trash pickup starting in January.  The rate will increase $1.28 per month.  The rate for commercial pickup is also increasing $4.27 per month.

The cost of basic cable is going up in January for Northland Communications subscribers.  The company notified the city the increase is tied to rising costs of programming and operations, however, the amount of the increase has yet to be announced.

The council and mayor recognized the Vidalia Recreation Department as the First District Agency of the Year in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.  Outgoing Recreation Director Tommy Sasser thanked his staff and all the recreation program volunteers for winning the recognition.

recdeptawardMembers of the City Council and the Recreation Department Board of Directors joined Mayor Ronnie Dixon and Tommy Sasser in accepting the award.