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February 18--  Plans are being made for renovation work at Vidalia's Grove Apartments. The Vidalia City Council was informed at its February meeting that the $4.3 million dollar project is part of a $65 million bond issue being floated by the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority.  The Vidalia project is one of 26 in the state covered by the bond issue and plans are to spend an estimated $78,000 on each unit.  No time frame has been announced for the work.

In other news from the meeting:

Downtown Vidalia Association Manager Paula Toole is retiring.  Upon her retirement, the person hired as her successor will become a city employee to enhance salary and benefits.

The council approved $4,472.11 to make drainage improvements on Houston Drive.

The city has developed a price structure and forms for people who want to rent the newly renovated Pal Theater for events and functions in downtown Vidalia.

Walgreen has bought the Rite Aid drug story in Vidalia and the council approved Walgreen's request to transfer the beer and wine license.  The store will continue to operate under the Rite Aid name.

Five dilapidated houses were approved for demolition at 617 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, 100 North College Street, 407 West 1st Street, 409 McIntosh Street and 2060 Aimwell Road.

Mike Walton was appointed to fill a vacancy on he Vidalia-Toombs County library board.

Billy Goodwin was named to fill the city's information technology position and $12,300 was approved for technology training.

The city is considering its 2018 community development grant request to the state and is considering a project to reduce "red" water in the city water system.

Paving projects were approved for the half-mile extension of the Michael Collins Road for $188,262.75 by Southeastern Civil, Inc of Statesboro and $210,000 to Jerry Rushing Construction of Statesboro for the new aquatic center parking lot on Airport Road.

The council approved $33,000 for capital equipment purchases by the police, fire and recreation departments. 

City manager Nick Overstreet announced the council will begin holding a pre-planning meeting one-half hour before the start of its monthly meetings.  The session is open to the public.