White council awards $2 million sewer contract
by Neil McGahee
Feb 04, 2014 | 1426 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The White City Council voted unanimously to award a $2.12 million contract for sewer improvements to Corley Contractors of Dallas. The award does include a caveat that the contracting company secure a bond.

City Engineer John Sweitzer said Corley came in with the lowest of five bids.

“I must warn you that the cost will be greater than our budget,” Sweitzer said. “The water pipes in the area are older than 50 years, and it is inevitable some will break. In the long run, it makes more sense to replace them than try to repair them.”

City Attorney Boyd Pettit told the council that he had made some changes to the existing malt beverage and wine ordinance to accommodate last fall’s referendum results, which approved package sales and by-the drink sales on Sunday.

“There is no change to the current alcohol ordinance,” Pettit said. “We just had to add some procedures.”

Among those procedures is:

• applicant must be a resident;

• have no law violations in the last five years regarding alcohol;

• no license revocation in the last three years;

• all employees must be licensed as well;

• product must be stored on site and come from a licensed wholesaler;

• pay a $200 application fee and a $900 license fee;

• must not sell alcohol within 100 yards of an alcohol treatment center, church or school.

In other business, the council:

• approved holding Spring Fest on May 3.

• awarded city employees a 2 percent annual raise.

• resolved to investigate the reopening of 21 Clubhouse Drive to provide access to emergency vehicles.

White City Council meets again Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at city hall.