Adairsville City Council discusses water system maintenance
by Matt Shinall
Oct 12, 2011 | 1565 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several items discussed at Adairsville's work session Tuesday night dealt with necessary upgrades, repairs and maintenance of various water system components.

The first items stem from a paving contract from the Georgia Department of Transportation. A grant for $35,000 will provide the primary funding for Elm Street and Cherry Street through the GDOT Local Assistance Road Program.

Before Elm Street can be repaved, a water line must be upgraded and relocated. This leads also to similar work being done on Cass Street. The water lines in question are 6- and 8-inch plastic pipe being replaced with 8-inch ductile iron pipe.

Estimated cost of water line replacement and relocation on Elm Street is $40,000 and $15,000 for the work on Cass Street. Both estimates are for materials only as work will be done in-house. An additional cost of $10,000 to $15,000 will be incurred from contracting out services to bore under U.S. Highway 41 for a water line extension.

On the wastewater treatment side of operations, City Manager Pat Crook described the situation with aging pumps.

"We've been having pump trouble for longer than I've been here and I'm sure before with pumps at the waste water treatment plant. At the plants, we have six pumps and usually anywhere from three to five of them are acting up and having to be repaired," Crook said.

A representative from a pump manufacturer will analyze the pumps this week and further information will be presented at the regular meeting Thursday.

Last on the agenda pertaining to the water system is replacement of a hydrant and portion of a water main under Main Street at Wood Street. The project would cost no more than $10,000 but would involve interruption of service to "a substantial number of customers" for six to eight hours.

The Transportation Enhancement Activities grant for the Logtown project will move along Thursday if the council so moves. GDOT has issued a memorandum of understanding for the $432,000 project applied for this time last year. The Logtown project is a long-term objective with the design phase expected to begin next year.

Also on the agenda Thursday will be replacement of bare (gas) services at housing authority property for an approximate cost of $15,000 and awarding of a contract to Calmar for installation of fence at South Water Treatment Facility for $9,250 funded by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The Adairsville City Council will meet again Thursday at 7 p.m. at city hall.