Recently, members of the Staunton Town Council conducted a hearing with several companies interested in performing work on part of the town's sewer system.
Monies for the project were approved by the Clay County Commissioners close to a year ago through federal government stimulus "shovel ready" projects.
The town received close to $1 million for the project.
"That's what we asked for," council member Brad Webster told The Brazil Times.
At its May meeting, the council voted in favor of having McCalister Brothers Sewer and Septic Service, based in Vigo County, to perform the work. The council voted 2-0. Board member Ed Nevins did not vote on the measure.
Webster told The Times the town had more than 10 companies bid on the project.
He added after the June 2008 flooding, council members realized something had to be done to improve the town's sewer system.
"We've needed it well before that," he said. "Here we were with all that rain we got and our storm sewers couldn't handle it."
Webster said the old system is made of clay tile.
The council had asked for more stimulus money as well, but to no avail.
"This was our top priority," Webster added.
According to federal government policy, as soon as the company (McCalister Bros.) is on site, they have 10 days to begin work, Webster said.
During the May meeting, the company asked for an extension on the start date, stating they preferred to begin the work during the first part of June. The council agreed to this request.
Webster told The Times the "major arteries" of the system will be replaced, including sewer pipe through the town's main streets.
He said there are four "major arteries" going east-to-west through Staunton, and added as the work is being completed, contingency money would be used for additional broken down items, such as culverts.