City Council Approves Bid For Water Main Project

A bid for a water main project was approved by the Greenville City Council at Tuesday night’s meeting, but a proposal to proceed with the extension of the sewer lines, without taking bids, was defeated.

The water line work will be done along Bowman Industrial Drive. The low bid from Haier Plumbing of Okawville was accepted.

City Manager Dave Willey talked about the project:

The city has received a state grant for the project and its share will be about $72,773, which will come from the water fund. The work will start at the intersection of Bowman Industrial Drive and Ridge Avenue, going south on Ridge and east on Bowman.

In order to move the sewer project along, it was proposed to the council that it waive the bid requirement for the Fourth Street and Route 40 extension to provide sewer service to locations in that area. In September of 2014, the council approved a motion to proceed with a design/build process, and an engineering firm was hired, negotiating a bid of $624,173.

A motion to approve that bid failed to pass Tuesday night on a 2 to 2 vote. Jes Adam and John Gillard voted no and Roger Sanders and Mike Heath voted yes. Mayor Alan Gaffner was absent due to a family situation.

The work is part of a much larger project to provide sewer service to unserved areas in the city. Greenville has received a commitment from USDA’s Rural Development for a 40-year loan of 4.85 million dollars. Rural Development has given its approval for the design/build process, but a formal request letter from the council is necessary.

There is no further action to be taken unless it is placed on the agenda at a future council meeting to be considered when all five members are in attendance.

City Manager Willey said Dave’s Greenlight Auto Sales of Greenville is waiting for the sewer service to be installed before it relocates to South Fourth Street.