Thursday, June 3, 2010
HSUD getting supply building
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Utility Department is working to get better control of its supply yard, which entails some fencing improvements and a new shed to cover supplies that are damaged by the sun’s rays.
The cost to build a drive-through shed is around $120,000, according to general manager Don Hollingsworth.
“We want to clean up the yard and have a drive-through shed where crews can drive through and load up,” he said recently to the Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen. “Clean-up is a mess.”
The utility department has supplies spread on a large yard that has been the spot for four-wheeler riders to course through. Some fencing will be required to stop that trespassing on the property, he said.
Hollingsworth said the utility would subcontract the construction of a supply building, but the board of aldermen aired concerns that the job could be too large to subcontract. The board voted May 18 to have attorney Ki Jones check into the matter of bid law before obtaining quotes for the building. It would be used to protect plastic pipes, transformers and valves and fittings from direct sunlight.
The new shed will provide additional storage space by freeing up space in the warehouse.
After this discussion, the board:
• approved a recommendation to hire Lieutenant Jeffries to build containment vessels around transformers at the Ashland and Slayden substations. The concrete containments will protect against potential oil spills and satisfy safety regulations.
• awarded a contract to Oliver Iron Works to repair the canopy on the southeast corner of the square. The company bid $2,400 to do the job.
• approved a supplemental agreement with Standard Construction Company for $13,323 to replace a pipe on West College Street that has caused erosion problems. The repair will protect against water from getting under the road and collapsing the pipe, causing a dip in the road later.
The city is resurfacing the street with money from the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act (economic stimulus funds).
• authorized an application to Rural Development for $1.3 million to bring natural gas to Snow Lake. The loan will be retired in 40 years, Hollingsworth said.
• rescinded a supplemental change order to lay small rock to stabilize the bank in the West Boundary Extension area. Engineers advised that larger grade of rock will be needed to stop sand erosion and sod will be added to help with stabilization at Mary Rahe Drive.
• approved an application for six new police officers under the COPS grant.
• congratulated alderman Calvin James on his certification at the state fire academy in a course designed to provide direct experience to elected officials so they have an understanding of what firefighters are asked to do.
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