Middlebourne Updated on Water Projects
At its regular monthly meeting, Middlebourne’s city council members met with Tim Meeks of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council concerning several water projects taking place in Middlebourne. Meeks first presented several drawdowns to Mayor Steve Seago to be signed, in the total amount of $134,431.43. The first drawdown was in the amount of $17,928.20; the second was $2,513.17 for administration, and the third drawdown was for $50,018.16 for Wolfe Excavating. The final drawdown was $63,972 for FAMCO.
There was some discussion about a change order in the amount of $10,497.10 to cover four taps, existing six inch water line replacement, and 1-1/2 inch meter bed around the senior center on Cherry Street. There was some concern over the amount spent for four taps, and the city felt the price was too steep. Also, there was some questioning as to the size of the water lines being laid and to the purchase of 1-1/2 inch taps. City Attorney Gary Rymer stated, “I advise you to disapprove anything that says 1-1/2 on it until you get a satisfactory explanation.” There was a motion to table the signing of the change order until city council receives clarification.
It was brought to the attention of council that Wolfe Excavating is ahead of schedule with the town’s water project, and the company anticipates being finished by winter.
In other news, Tom Swiger of TMS Contracting offered a bid to council for removal of six pine trees behind the city building, The trees are leaning toward the building, and council members are fearful the trees will cause more damage.
Therefore, council passed a motion to have Swiger top six trees for the amount of $3,400. That price includes labor and rental fees. Swiger is currently working on the city building roof, and once that project is complete, he will trim the trees.
A motion passed to purchase two standing desks for the employees at the city building at the price of $130 each.
The next Middlebourne Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. and located at the city building on Stealey Street in Middlebourne.