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December 13--  The Vidalia City Council approved the city's 2018 budget at its December meeting.  The $8,531,663 budget is about $50,000 less than this year's operating budget.

The council awarded a contract for the striping of 14 city streets to Southeastern Centerline of Vidalia.  Most of the $27,976.50 contract is being paid for with a $25,000 state grant and includes work on Aimwell Road, MLK Avenue, South Maple Drive, Teston Lane, Tap Drive, West Street, Stella Avenue, Clydette Boulevard, Grand Drive, Brice Drive, Forest Lake, Bob Sharpe Road, Harris Industrial Boulevard and Pete Phillips Drive.

Earlier this year the city awarded a $213,610.70 contract to Sikes Brothers of Metter for resurfacing work on portions of 14 streets including Northeast Main, Cambridge Court, Leslie Street, Thompson Street, West 8th Street, Lee Street, White Street, Allen Drive, Queen Street, Woodlawn Circle, Everett Street, Ridgewood Place and Moseley Street.

In the new year, the city is planning on paving work on seven other streets including Pearl Drive, McDonald Drive, Commercial Loop, Meadows Lane, Ardella Court, Moses Drive and Mitchell Drive.  The estimated cost is $245,217.20 with all but $68,000 paid by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The city accepted a bid from Wendell Metts to purchase 4.74 acres of land in Aimwell Road Estates for $5,055.00.

City manager Nick Overstreet announced the finishing touches are being put on renovation of the historic Pal Theater downtown and an open house will be held early in 2018.