City to vote on infrastructure contract today

Contract targets East Davidson Pump Station
Oct. 21, 2013 @ 01:16 PM

Thomasville's aging infrastructure is about to undergo a major facelift.

Thomasville City Council at today’s meeting is expected to award a resolution of intent contract to Brushy Mountain Builders, a Lenior-based company that will renovate the East Davidson Pump Station. Once council awards the contract to Brushy Mountain Builders, the city will have three major infrastructure projects under way.

"Everything is coming together all at one time," City Manager Kelly Craver said. "We've certainly been working very hard to jump through all the obstacles that have been to there to get these projects on the move and get them completed."

Council in July approved a plethora of infrastructure improvement projects totaling $6 million. The projects include replacing approximately 9,000 feet of the North Hamby Creek outfall sewer line from Baptist Children's Home to Carmalt Street for $3.6 million, upgrading the electrical system and pump controls at the North Side Pump Station for $800,000, replacing the clear will roof at the water treatment plant for $1.3 million and replacing a water service pump for $220,000.

Craver said construction on the Hamby Creek Outfall line project started on Monday and equipment is being ordered for the North Side Pump Station endeavor. With the East Davidson Pump Station project set to be awarded, Craver said the initial phase of the infrastructure renovation plan is proceeding as scheduled. 

"East Davidson was the third main project in the first phase," said Craver. "This is the project we've been working on, getting a design and approval from the state for the last four years. It's the one we've had the most issues with concerning spills. We're doing them with the lowest dollar amount possible with the best rates on a loan, and we're also mixing in a grant with the North Side Pump Station."

Council is using Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans to help pay for the rehabilitation projects at the East Davidson and North Side Pump stations. Council in March passed a resolution in support of a $730,113 CWSRF loan for the East Davidson project. The station will receive two larger pumps to increase capacity, a backup power generator and revamped electrical cords for the system. The North Side project, which also was awarded to Brushy Mountain Builders earlier this year, is expected to cost $702,448.

City Services Director Morgan Huffman said the East Davidson Pump Station contract bid came in at $651,148, which is less than the budgeted amount for the project. Huffman expects work to begin at the facility early next year. The new pipe on the North Hamby Creek sewer outfall line, the site of the 15.9 million gallon spill in 2009, will be larger and more reliable, Huffman said.

“The propylene pipe has great resistance qualities to any type of corrosive action by the sewer,” Huffman said. “We’re thrilled to have all this going on. We’ve been working on all of this since February, 2010. It’s just finally coming to fruition.” 

The meeting is set for 7 p.m at 7 W. Guilford St. 

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.