Over the course of the past year, construc­tion of a wastewater treatment facility has been the primary focus of the Lone Grove city council.

That will not change in 2013.

Over the course of the past year, a series of events has put the city within sight of realizing the fruition of a project over a decade in the making. The bid­ding process is continuing, but ground will be broken on the facility in the new year.

“The sewage treatment plant is the top priority,” Ian O’Neal, Lone Grove City Manager, said. “We are pleased we are as far along as we have ever been to this point. We are about to break ground and once we do, we will have 365 days to complete it.” The city has also been work­ing on construction of a com­munity center at Sullivan Park. O’Neal said there has been steady progress made and, at this point, concrete is about to be poured for the porch. The city also needs to make it handi­capped accessible and will then be­gin work on the inside of the building.

“We hope to have it completed this year,” O’Neal said. “It will be a good thing for the city. It will be a place to hold anniversaries, birthdays and family reunions. We can also use it to hold dances for senior citizens and young people.” O’Neal also said the city wants to put new roofs on the struc­tures at the park.

Over the past year, water has continued to be a concern for residents. Whether it is quality of water or availability, the city continues to work on solving those issues.

“We want to improve the water situation,” O’Neal said. “We want to put a new well in place which will improve the system; and the amount of water it would provide will help with water rationing in the summer months. I don't know if it will help water quality. Water quality will always be a battle because of the minerals in the water. But we are looking at ways to improve water quality. Softeners would help right now but money is tight." The city is currently working on a project to place water telemetry on the water towers that will prevent the waste of water when the towers fill up.

The city also plans to set aside one mile of road for a chip and seal project. The road has yet to be determined. But for now, O'Neal said the focus is on the wastewater treatment plant.

"Everything else is secondary," he said. "We will need to determine what the payments will be for the plant. That will affect other projects until we sign on the dotted line. We will then find out if we have wiggle room for other projects. If we don't, we will need to find other avenues of revenue such as grants."