The money is just not there, says the mayor

Westminster doesn’t have the money needed to replace the water line that was a casualty of the recent washout on US 123/the Westminster-Toccoa Highway, according to Mayor Brian Ramey. The mayor says his city has an estimate of $250 thousand which, according to Ramey, Westminster just doesn’t have. It’s believed today is pre-construction conference day for the various parties involved in the emergency roadside repair project. Westminster water official Allen Ridley will represent his city at the meeting. Mayor Ramey says Westminster has appealed to both the DOT and the county’s state lawmakers for help, but to no avail. He says the contractor to fix the roadside can’t do the work until the current, temporary water line is replaced by a new one.