The Mineral Wells City County voted Tuesday night to accept a bid to lay a 12-inch water line along U.S. Highway 281 North to Furr Building Materials.

Approximately 4,200 feet of 12-inch waterline and eight hydrants will stretch along the highway from N.E. 22nd Street to the city limit.

“The award of this project by contract will allow a completion and improved water service and fire protection in a more timely manner than using city forces,” Director of Public Works Bobby Baker told the council.  

“The project was bid to see if contract prices would be attractive,” Baker said. “The bids received are considered by staff to be reasonable compared to the estimate using city forces at approximately $300,000.”

Five bids were opened May 25, with the lowest being from Jackson Construction, which bid $330,860.

Bids were also accepted for boring only in the event the city decided to do the work in house.  

Furr Building Materials is currently in the process of rebuilding after a fire, believed to be an arson, last year that destroyed the storeroom and warehouse.  

No hydrants are currently available nearby, which was an issue during the fire, though the land was annexed by the city during the 1980s.  

Fire protection in the area is necessary to meet fire code for rebuilding, as well.  

In an answer to a question from Bill Terry, Baker told the council the contractor has installed several sewer and water lines for the city in the past and everything was performed satisfactorily.

Mayor Mike Allen said the project would be 20 percent cheaper than if the city performed the work on their own.

The city council also performed the following business:

• Re-elected Margaret Hill Colton as mayor pro-tem.

• Conducted a public hearing and approved an ordinance amending Division 4 of Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mineral Wells relating to on site sewage disposal.

• Appointed Marty Logan to fill an alternate position on the Board of Adjustment/Building and Standards Commission.

Contact Index staff writer Christin Coyne at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3428, or ccoyne@mineralwellsindex.com.

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