Wolfforth joins other cities for street repairs

Wolfforth City Council members approved joining a group seal coat project with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper during a meeting Monday night.

Council members made seal coating Wolfforth’s streets a priority during budget meetings in the fall, but City Manager Darrell Newsom said the most cost-effective way to accomplish the street repairs was to join a group project with other cities through Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc., an engineering and architectural design firm headquartered in Lubbock.

The council approved the project unanimously.

Sewer line

The council also voted unanimously to table a request to replace the sewer main from the lift station to the treatment plant.

Newsom told the council that the 30-year-old pipe has had to be repaired about every six weeks.

Michael Adams, an engineer from OJD Engineering, said a worst-case scenario for the city is that pipe would have to be completely replaced at a cost of $30 per foot, or $360,000 to $400,000.

Part of the problem is that there is too much flow in the 8-inch line, and Adams said the city needs to go up to a 10-inch line.

Councilman Randy Gross asked how long the 10-inch line will fit sewage demand. Adams replied about five years.

Mayor Charles Addington said the council was hoping to get closer to 10 years out of the new line, but Adams said the way to accomplish that is to stop growing.

He said he would do more research and see if the 10-inch line could buy the city closer to 10 years’ time.

Council members also asked if Adams could use an abandoned ditch where the last sewer line had been in order to extend that time. Adams said he would investigate.

Addington said he is concerned about continually asking lenders for more money for various projects. The city is currently trying to finance a water treatment center.

Water treatment construction

Council members took no action on a discussion of the water treatment construction.

Newsom discussed various ways the city could format its construction effort, including putting the project out for a bid or putting out a request for proposals.

City Secretary Debbie Perkey said because of the complexity of the project, the city could have several contractors working on it.

For instance, General Electric is considered the sole provider of the electrodialysis reversal units, so GE will be constructing the inner workings of the water treatment center. But another company will need to clean out and repair Wolfforth’s existing water tanks, and possibly another company will construct the building to house the EDR unit and the water lines going out of the building, Perkey said.

Newsom told the council that he likes the option of having companies submit proposals, because he said OJD Engineering could look over the proposals to make sure they would work. Because water treatment is a public safety issue, Newsom said the city does not have to take bids on the project, but could consider proposals instead.

The council took no action on reports presented at the meeting, including Police Chief Rick Scott’s report about a police accident.

Scott said Officer Jared King and his canine unit, Kwinto, were involved in an accident on Feb. 3. Scott said King was at fault and the police unit was totalled.

King and Kwinto were taken to University Medical Center and the vet, respectively, but Scott said neither had serious injuries. Kwinto was given anti-inflammatory medication, Scott said.

Because another police officer was recently in a wreck, Scott said this leaves the department down two vehicles at the moment.

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