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Engineering firm selected for city’s water project

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 7, 2013

The city of Chico now has an engineering firm and a person with unique knowledge of how to solve the city’s water issues.

On Tuesday, the city council voted to hire KSA Engineers to provide engineering work on the city’s water filtration project. KSA has worked with the city on its municipal projects for the past couple of years.

The city was approved for a Community Development Fund grant in the amount of $275,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture in late August. The grant will fund a new filtration system for the city’s water supply.

Chico Mayor J.D. Clark said KSA has brought in Dr. Dennis Clifford, a professor at the University of Houston’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Clark said one of Clifford’s areas of expertise is the removal of uranium from water supplies. Chico has had issues with traces of uranium in its water supply going back several years.

“I’m excited to get to work with him, to pick his brain and learn more from him,” Clark said of Clifford.

The project is expected to take 450 days, start to finish.

In a related item, Pat Dillon with Southwest Consultants, the grant administrator for the project, was designated the fair housing officer. Clark explained the grant included a number of regulations, including designating someone to serve in that role.

In other business, the council cast all of its votes for Jimmy Parker for the Wise County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Parker currently serves on the board.

“I’ve been pleased with his service,” Clark said. “He’s been a good advocate for residents. He uses a lot of common sense in his decision-making.”

The council also renewed its annual agreement with the appraisal district for tax collections for the city.

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