Posted by: Mayor Terry Silvey 2013-08-02
Hard to believe its already August 2013, the summer is flying by. The City is in the midst of finishing up the Water Line Project, or i should say, our Contractor is. Earthworks has installed all the water lines in the ground, they have been pressured tested and passed the state requirements and 95% of the lines have been disinfected as well, once again meeting strict guidelines by Missouri Dept of Natural Resources. The City is also hooking up almost 150 users up at City's expense from the old main lines to the new main lines, at a savings to the business owners and homeowners. The project has taken longer than we and the contractor estimated but we also made some changes thru the contract, we incurred additional hookups that werent in the orginal bids, and this has added to the length of construction. I certainly know that many citizens have been concerned with the appearance around town that this project has incurred, but we have a legal contract with the contractor and we cant direct them how they do their works, just that it meets our requirements and all work is satisfactory to our engineer and the City. The work that has been done has met those requirements and no one wants the project completed any faster than the Mayor wants it done! We are hoping that the additional hookups will be done by the end of August but it could be September and than the contractor has to clean up all his work, reseed grass in areas that need it, complete any street/driveway work that might need repaired to original condition. The City's engineer as well as the Mayor will hold this contractor too that and we have one year after the completion of the project to go back on the contractor if any issues, repairs , cleanup doesnt work or hold. I believe we have been talking way too much about the issues and length of the project and appearance around town, and the real issue is that the City at the urguing of this Mayor, that we needed this project to install new lines, replace old lines that were either out dated or lined with rust fixed. We installed a chlorination process in the City about a year ago and we have seen very good results on the rust removal as well as old smells that we had in years gone by. It only made sense to replace over 27,000 linear feet of new pipe to help this process even more. I have had many citizens approach me and tell me their water has improved in those areas. According to our City engineer we will continue to see improvements in those area, which is great news for our City. The strength of good infrastructure of a City is in its water lines and services, as well as sewer. This water project has taken over a year , but for the same amount of work, it would have taken our own City crew 5 or 6 years, so it only made sense to start this project. When its complete, a year from now, we wont be talking about the negative points of the project, but only the positive effects its had on the City!!!
Mayor Terry Silvey