By William Roller
Holtville City Manager Nick Wells informed the City Council at its Jan. 9 meeting the Ninth Street phase III project is progressing on schedule despite some unanticipated issues.
“The physical pipes were in really bad shape, so I made the call to replace them,” he said.
The project, funded by a Regional Surface Transportation Program grant of $432,000, involves utility undergrounding from Palm to Olive avenues. Also, the Congestion and Mitigation Air Quality Improvement Program provided a $127,000 grant for sidewalk installation from Palm to Olive.
“The project is really moving along and expect it to be completed by February,” said Wells.
Looking ahead to the signature event, the Carrot Festival, the council plans to meet before the extravaganza to be held Feb. 2-11. The Queen Coronation is on Feb. 2, the Cook-Off Feb. 6, and the parade Feb. 10. As reported previously in the Tribune, new features include a hoedown at Fifth Street and Holt Avenue on Feb. 9 with music from Nick Wells and Big Bad Wolf, and a drum line competition following the parade Feb.10.