Selected during the Dec. 3 city council meeting, C.H. Kirkpatrick & Sons were the lowest of the four informal bids on the project at $60,558.94. The project will start after the first of the year, City Manager Jane Richards said, with the requirement that the project be completed within 45 days after the notice to proceed.
The School Street project was originally bid out with the city’s upcoming well filtration project. Only one company bid on the project, and the city council felt the price was too high. After splitting the two projects, the council decided to allow the city to act as its own contractor. City Engineer John Sweitzer and Billy Baker will act as the city’s contractors, as approved during the Dec. 3 meeting.
White is still searching for companies to bid on the project.
“They should have insurance, like workman’s compensation, for their employees,” she added. “We’ll be looking at that and liability insurance, because normally the contractor has all that. When they bid it out they have to show all that.”
Both the School Street and filtration projects will be funded using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Richards estimated the well filtration project will cost approximately $275,000 to $300,000.
The council also approved the 2013 budget, which Richards previously said would be similar to the 2012 budget. The general fund is budgeted at $440,000 for 2013, which does not include SPLOST dollars. Richards said she was estimating the city would receive $180,000 for SPLOST in the coming year, which would match 2012’s amount.
Also approved was the distribution of $50 Wal-Mart Christmas gift cards to city employees and officials. Richards said the total amount came to approximately $800. She added it was a continuation of a White City Council tradition, which originally began with gift cards to Ray’s Wholesale Meat a number of years ago.
Other city council business included:
• Approving a resolution to join the Bartow County municipal planing organization.
• Approving amendments to the 2012 budget.
The White City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at city hall.