Lepanto accepts bid on water project

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The city of Lepanto is moving forward with its plan to replace its corroded water lines. During this month's regular meeting, the city council reviewed five bids for the water project and accepted a bid of $455,616 from Water and Wastewater Services on City Engineer Jerome Alford's recommendation.

The main water lines in Lepanto are around 80 years old and badly in need of replacement. Over the next year, 13,000 feet of galvanized pipe will be replaced with PVC. According to Mayor Steve Jernigan, because bid is so low the city will be able to use of rest of its million dollar loan from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to repair sewer lines on Maple Street and Woodland Street, repair and replace broken water meter boxes, and replace asbestos concrete water lines.

The council also approved four new appointments to the Park Commission, subject to an amendment waiving the requirement that commission members be electors of the city. Daniel Haynes suggested the amendment with the provision that commission members have children attending EPC. The appointments to the commission the council approved include Jamie Worsham, Anthony Moore, J.P. Holiman IV, and Alan Rainos.

In other business, the council approved:

*allowing the Lepanto Police Department to use a $10,000 grant to purchase a 2008 Dodge Charger from Tyronza in need of a new motor. The car is $1,500, a new motor with a three year warranty is $7,000, and putting police lights on the car will cost $475.

*approved extending the millage to 2015 with no increase.

*approved the purchase of a used motor for the Street Department's dump truck for $3,000.

*reviewed a lease for the Painted House with the Lepanto Area Citizens for Progress. City Attorney Noyl Houston said the auditor took exception to the fact that a non-profit group is operating a city property. Houston prepared a lease but recommended tabling the matter until the next meeting to get input from Citizens for Progress.

*adopted a resolution accepting the deed to a house at 208 Woodland Street in lieu of condemnation in exchange for settling the $642.77 delinquent water bill.

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