City moves forward with Hunter Well Field development

Approval was given to continue with the funding opportunity presented by Texas Water Development Board toward the development of the Hunter Well Field and pipeline during the September meeting of the Sweetwater City Commission.The board recently determined that no grants were available to the city but offered a mainstream loan for the well field development, which is more favorable than market certificates of obligation. City staff make the recommendation to move forward with the loan for the well field, which currently has three wells on chart. Also, Hibbs and Todd were given authorization to advertise for bids on two items. The first item is for the Loop 549 ground storage tank rehabilitation project, in which the bid opening date would be set for October 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.John Voller with the company shared the details of the recent tank inspection, in that it had exceeded its life expectancy since its establishment in the early 1990s. A recommendation was given to repaint the tank, delay the work inside the tank for the sake of financial savings, and make some amendments to the logo. Also regarding Hibbs and Todd, approval was given to advertise for bids on the relocation of water lines, which are presently in the Union Pacific Railroad right of way along Broadway beginning at the east entrance of the city and ending approximately at Jerry Huffman Drive. The city has been directed by the railroad to relocate the line, and options were presented on how to get out of the way of the railroad. The relocation is a costly procedure, as the project is estimated to be anywhere from a half-million to one million dollars. The railroad is giving the city a March 31 completion deadline, and their collaborative efforts have gone well thus far. The city hopes to obtain bids by November.Furthermore, approval was given for city staff to purchase three SUV's and one, three-quarter ton, four-door crewcab pickup for the Police Department, as well as one, three-quarter ton pickup extended cab and custom utility box for Animal Control.The purchase will be done through the state-accepted "low bid" with Buy Board, due to the fact that local dealers have not submitted bids. The vehicles would be a benefit to the city, notably as the city hopes to implement the use of SUVs within the police department.Additionally, an unsolicited sealed bid from Gil Cherry through the Nolan County Central Appraisal District was opened and approved by the commissioners during the meeting. The bid for Lot 3, Block 8 of the Southside Addition came in at $1,601; the lot was appraised at $1,540.Approval was also given to pay the full rate to the Texas Municipal Retirement System beginning January 1, 2014, and the minutes for the meeting held on August 13 were approved as well.