Bostwick ear marks funds for renovation
By Patrick Yost
The Bostwick City Council Monday approved ear–marking $25,000 raised through past Bostwick Cotton Gin festival that will be used to further renovate the Susie Agnes Hotel. The historic hotel serves as Bostwick’s city hall, among other uses.
The council said the funds will be used to complete renovations of the first floor space of the hotel and eventually serve to house historic artifacts relevant to the city’s history and other informative displays.
In other Bostwick City Council news, the council:
• Agreed to use any money left over from a Traffic Enhancement Grant to construct at least one traffic calming device on Fairplay Street. Currently the city is awaiting for the $96,000 grant to construct sidewalks on Fairplay Street. Bostwick Mayor John Bostwick said even if there was no money left over, the city should be able to construct the traffic calming device. “If we can’t do that, we’ve got the money to do it,” he said. Council member Angie Howard agreed with the construction of the device. “There’s a lot of kids that walk up that road,” she said.
The council also said it was considering constructing traffic calming devices on other city streets in order to deter speeding.
• Is waiting for a clearance from the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to begin water flowing from the city of Madison into the Bostwick water system. Bostwick said bacteria levels in water in the new pipe from Madison to Bostwick had not reached acceptable levels with the EPD. “Once the test comes back we can hook everyone up in two to three days,” he said.