Thursday, March 1, 2007
City moves forward with new substation
By SUE WATSON
The City of Holly Springs has opened bids for the transformer that will go in at the Coldwater Substation near Mt. Pleasant.
The transformer is a major portion of the total cost of the project.
Bids, opened during the February recessed meeting of the board of aldermen, came in from low to high (not to include best bid considerations) as follows: Siemens, $674,000; Diversified Electric, $808,000 including shipping; Delta Star, $879,024; Waukesha Electrics, $896,725; and Utilicor, $915,000.
Mid-South Utility Consultants will recommend one of the bids at the March 6 board meeting.
John Collins, general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department, asked the board for permission to work with Mid-South Utility Consultants on the design for electric service to the Holly Springs Commons. Existing overhead lines will be left in place with additional lines going underground, as in the original plan, he said. Some extra care will be given to design of the electricity service to the new hospital including the backup generation system at the hospital.
Collins said he wants to assure that customers will have uninterrupted service while construction is ongoing.
The board approved hiring of two officers for the police department and one mechanic’s helper with the street department.
Kelly Jordan was reappointed to another term on the Planning Commission.
Public Works Director Don Hollingsworth provided a traffic study that has been prepared for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The data will be used to determine the number and locations of new traffic lights on Highway 7 South near the Holly Springs Commons area.
The board of aldermen approved reauthorization for the application to the Mississippi Development Authority’s first-time homebuyer grant program. Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said the city will request $255,000 to help 15 families get into a first home.
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