Social Circle is working to upgrade its sewer system and install streetlights along one of its downtown thoroughfares.

The City Council approved documents for a $3.32 million loan from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority during a regular meeting Tuesday.

The loan will enable the city to replace three aging pump stations and install a trunk line toward a future wastewater treatment plant, according to City Manager Adele Schirmer. The project will ensure structural integrity of the pipes and reduce sewage overflows and energy costs, Schirmer previously told the Tribune.

The city will pay 0.73% interest on the 20-year loan. The city’s project, being a conservation project, qualifies it for a reduced interest rate.

Council members also approved agreements with Georgia Power to install post-top streetlights, to be placed on North Cherokee Road between Hightower Trail and Blue Willow, and at each end of the Robert “Bobby” Howard Bridge over the railroad tracks. The city will earmark $141,184 in special purpose local-option sales tax funds toward the traffic signal replacement project.

Council members removed one consent agenda item regarding a code amendment to Remove Conflicting Debris Ordinances. Councilman Steve Shelton said he wanted more time to research the matter. The item will be placed on the March 4 work session for council to discuss.

The council was ready to hear a virtual presentation on its audit from Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs and Advisors, but due to problems with internet connectivity the company’s representative was asked to reschedule his report for a council work session.

According to the council meeting agenda packet, the auditor gave the city a “clean opinion” for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.

In other city business, the council also approved an alcohol license application for beer and wine retail at Village Mart on 247 Cannon Drive.

The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 16 at Social Circle Theater, 650 Ashley Drive.

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