Council approves project to repair water tanks

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

Eight months after the City of Thomasville received a clean audit report that empowered city council to improve the community's infrastructure, it adopted a capital project Monday night to replace clear well roofs at the water treatment plant on Old Lexington Avenue.

Council members voted unanimously to award a contract to Lenoir-based Brushy Mountain Builders, Inc., allocating $1.5 million at their regular meeting. Bids for the project were received June 5.

“Brushy Mountain Builders was the low bidder,” said Morgan Huffman, public services director. “They are currently doing other work for us, and we're quite happy with the other work they've done for us.”

City manager Kelly Craver explained the necessity for the upgrades, and said the project has been on the council's radar for decades.

The city has two means by which to store water that is ready for consumption. Elevated tanks on Turner, Warner and Commerce streets – which hold a combined two million gallons of water – are the more visible of storage options. A pair of underground storage tanks, known as clear wells, are located at the plant and are also available for city usage at any given time.

The concrete roofs, which Craver said were built in the 1950s, are dilapidated and in dire need of replacement. Combined, the clear wells contain another million gallons of the city's water.

“When all storage is full, we have a complete day's worth of water in storage, ready to be consumed, even if the plant was malfunctioning and needed service,” Craver said. “These clear well roofs are degraded and they need to be replaced. This is a project that has been on our [radar] for over 15 years. It's a great day that we're coming together to get these done.

“This will go a long way to ensuring that we will have an ample supply of water in storage at all times.”

According to Craver, the city will use cash out of its water and sewer enterprise fund and will not borrow any money for the replacement of clear well roofs. The contract with Brushy Mountain – which turned in the lowest of four bids – accounts for nearly $1.4 million of the money allocated for the project. About $100,000 of the funds will go toward engineering and contingency.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.