By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

A public hearing was held Feb. 1 in Jamaica for citizens to learn about the proposed plans, specifications and estimated costs of a rural water connection. Jamaica city official and six others were in attendance. Seth Lamb, water/wastewater engineer with ISG Inc., provided a summary of the need and the general scope of the project.

“Part of this is 30 years of neglect of your system,” said Lamb. “It’s not very often that you come across a system where your storage, distribution, source and treatment are all in such a bad place that the DNR says ‘enough.’ ”

Lamb said if the project is undertaken, it would aim for “substantial completion” by September or October of 2024. The city council agreed that the city has no other reasonable choice other than to go ahead with the project.

The current boil advisory for city water is expected to be lifted by Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The council’s next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome.