White discusses water main, filtration projects
by Jason Lowrey
Nov 25, 2012 | 1910 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
White could become its own contractor on a well filtration project planned for the city’s water department. While no decision will be made until the next city council meeting, City Manager Jane Richards said the council was considering doing the work in-house as a cost savings measure.

The filtration project, which would improve treatment methods for the city’s water, was originally bid out with a six-inch water main replacement project on School Street. However, the city council rejected the only submitted bid.

Since no other bids were available, the council decided to split the water main and filtration projects into two separate projects and accept informal bids on the water main. Richards said any interested party could submit informal bids to the city’s engineer until Nov. 28.

The 2013 budget was presented to the council for review. Richards said there was “not much difference” between the 2012 and 2013 budgets. A public hearing on the budget will be held during the next council meeting.

City Attorney Boyd Pettit also presented the council with a resolution on approving a 2013 referendum on Sunday alcohol and package sales.

“Boyd had prepared it and I just gave it to them to review,” Richards said. “They’ll make a decision on it later, and I’m not going to put it on the December [agenda]. They wanted to wait until sometime next year. They’ve got plenty of time.”

Other city council business included:

• Approving a re-zoning request from Bobby Lowery to rezone property at 18 Richards Road from residential to commercial.

• Approving an intergovernmental agreement with Bartow County on the Energy Excise Tax.

• Adopting the 2012 Bartow County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

• Setting April 20 as the date for the 2013 White Spring Fest.

• Setting Nov. 30 as the date for the 2012 Christmas Tree Lighting.

The White City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at city hall.