During Thursday’s council meeting, Amanda Sutphin of Triad Engineering, Inc. discussed the bids for the project. She reported that Upton Construction Company, Inc. of Dunbar was the lowest bidder with a bid of $457,700.
Council agreed to accept the bid. Now that the bid has been accepted, paperwork for the project can move forward. According to Jack Ramsey of Triad Engineering, Inc., construction should begin mid-fall, and the project should be complete within three to four months following the start of construction.
The wastewater treatment plant and manhole improvement project will provide new screening carts at the wastewater treatment plant, an emergency generator at the park pump station, repair one of the clarifiers and repair several manholes within the collection system that are contributing to the town’s inflow and infiltration problem.
In other business:
• Mayor Jerry Tucker swore in the new council members, Amber White and Paula Gregory.
• It was reported that a hole on Pomeroy Street needs to be repaired.
• Council agreed to accept the trailer permit for Syliva Parson as long as she provides a picture of the trailer.
• Council agreed to accept the second reading of the bond ordinance. The bond ordinance provides for the issuance of its combined waterworks and sewerage system revenue bonds. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to pay the costs of acquisition and construction of certain extensions, additions, betterments and improvements to the sewerage portion of the existing public combined waterworks and sewerage system of the issuer (the “project”); and to pay certain costs of issuance hereof and related costs. The bonds are payable solely from revenues, which are to be derived from the ownership and operation of the system of the town.
• Council agreed to retain David L. Howell, CPA, for the Public Service Commission’s Annual reports for water and sewer.
• Council agreed to purchase six new Motorola HT1250 radios for the police department at a cost of $4,192.
• Council agreed to accept the resolution for the Community Participation Grant of $12,756 for the purchase of a police cruiser.
• Council agreed to accept the resolution for the Community Participation Grant of $10,000 for improvement to the town hall, including paving, the demolition of an adjacent structure, the purchase of a flag pole and other improvements as funds permit.
• Council agreed to purchase a back-up blower for the sewer plant at a cost of $1,250.
• It was reported that Back to School Fun Day will be held on Aug. 22 at the city park. Councilwoman White will be in charge of the event.
• Police Chief Gilley presented a police report.
The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.