Council approves infrastructure improvements

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, February 25, 2012

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The Runaway Bay City Council Tuesday approved a pair of proposals to aid in the improvement of city infrastructure.

For $4,270, Collier Engineering will assess the storm damage of the marina docks and deterioration of marina road and offer improvement options.

“This is an exceptional rate,” City Administrator Greg Leveling said.

The council also amended the city’s contract with U.S. Water Services for work at the water treatment plant signed in April 2010. Beginning in April of this year, U.S. Water employees and Runaway Bay residents John and Conni Fluharty will provide all routine operation and maintenance seven days a week for a $15,684.418 monthly fee.

The contract fee will adjust annually every year thereafter according to the consumer price index.

Primarily, the employees will work on proposed modifications to the treatment plant to ensure compliance of the disinfection system with state standards. Such work includes adding a couple of static mixers, a free chlorine residual analyzer, two 80-foot long 16-inch pipes for free chlorine, injection points and baffles, and maintaining existing chlorine and ammonia inject points, totaling $301,378.

“This is very important in trying to step forward with city infrastructure,” Leveling said. “Next we’ll be looking at the water tower and replacing some worn pipes.”

In other news, the council:

  • suspended the proposed effective date of Atmos Energy rate increases, allowing the Atmos Steering Committee, of which the city is a member, the opportunity to negotiate;
  • approved an interlocal agreement with Wise County Emergency Medical Services. “Before it was a verbal agreement,” Leveling said. “This formalized the great relationship we already have with Wise County EMS;”
  • approved a joint-election agreement with Bridgeport Independent School District and appointed Jane Miranda election judge and Foster Hamblin alternate; and
  • tabled a suggested hiring freeze, pending the outcome of Wednesday’s called meeting.

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