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Columbia woman’s voice heard after 9 years; city approves construction of street curb

The Columbia City Council approved a project to add a curb along a portion of Ash Street during its meeting Monday night.

The project was approved over a month after Josie Sullivan, who lives on Ash Street, contacted ABC 17 News about the problems she was having with water accumulating in her yard whenever it rained, causing the foundation of her home to crack.

The approval also came nine years after she first started contacting whichever council member was in charge of the ward in which she lives.

Engineers from the city’s public works visited the home Tuesday afternoon to get measurements to lift the sidewalk and replace it and to add a curb.

Barry Dalton, a spokesman for public works, said the construction will start Wednesday and should be finished by Friday.

He said the cost estimate will not be available until the project is close to being finished.

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