However, Tillis said, "We've never went this far with it."
After the remaining user agreements are signed, an engineering firm will establish a more accurate idea of what the project would cost and county officials will talk with the water company about a contribution.
"If we move forward there's still room to back out if the water company doesn't come through," Haynes said.
"The water company is the only hurdle thrown in front of us," Tillis said.
Also at the meeting, commissioners approved a bid for $33,526 with Raynes & Company LLC, of Eleanor, to clean out ditches in Hometown and begin to temporarily alleviate flooding.
A 2010 study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined the easiest temporary solution would be to simply clear the town's ditches and drains.
The $33,000 would allow ditches to be dredged from the elementary school to A Street. The ditches along the train tracks are filled with years of silt runoff.
Commissioners have about $39,000 to devote to the dredging work, and said they would use about $6,000 remaining to dredge as much as they can in areas leftover.
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