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Elizabeth revitalization costing more, taking longer than expected


ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) -- Folks in Elizabethtown might have to pay a bit more money to beautify their historic downtown area.

From the onset, the Elizabethtown Revitalization Project has been riddled with problems, some unforeseen, but most avoidable with proper supervision by the project's engineer according to Town Manager Eddie Madden. Madden says based on the miscalculations of the engineer, the completion date of Nov. 24, 2010, was an unrealistic expectation. Now the project is over budget by about $193,000.

For now businesses are trying to deal with the delays as best they can.

"We understand that it's no fault of our mayor or our town manager or anybody that is associated with the town," said Leslie Sinclair, who owns the Corner Café. "We understand that unforseen things happen. We're sorry, and if we have had a moment of grumbling, we're sorry, too."

No word on when the project will be done, but the town manager says the results should be worth all the headaches.

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Hobbs, Upchurch

Is this the same company owned by Fred Hobbs?

Hobbs recently paid $170,000 in civil and criminal fines for contributing to the Mike Easley campaign.

With interest, it comes out to pretty close to the same amount as the overage charged to the town.