Water filtration project advances

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 16, 2013

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The city of Chico moved another step closer to improved water quality this week as the council approved a couple of related items.

They hired Pat Dillon with Southwest Consultants as a grant administrator for the city’s water filtration grant.

“He’s done grants for the city since 1992, totaling about $2 million,” Chico Mayor J.D. Clark said.

He said the city will pay him a $30,000 administration fee.

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.

The council also formed an engineering selection committee made up of Clark, Dillon, Public Works Director Ed Cowley and administrative assistant Anita Long.

Clark said the council hopes to hire an engineering firm at its December meeting. The project is expected to take 12 to 15 months from start to completion.

In other business, the council dealt with several items related to paving projects in the city. A change order for $6,500 was approved for a concrete, rather than asphalt, tie-in at Texas 101 and East Jacksboro. Also, $41,000 will be paid by the Chico Economic Development Corp. for street-side parking at the community park and community center.

The council also authorized Clark to upgrade the city’s website.

“It’s not very user-friendly at all,” Clark said. “I’m going to do that for the city.”

The only cost to the city would be $200 for a domain name transfer, Clark said.

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