By A.C. Hall
At their meeting last week, the White Settlement City Council unanimously approved a construction contract with Circle C Construction for the West Bomber Road Force Main and Lariat Lift Station. The amount for this work is $974,280. The new lift station has been an item spoken about with urgency since budget meetings last year.
Seven bids were received for the project, and Project Manager Jack Bell said city staff had a good relationship with Circle C after having them do the recent sewer interceptor project.
Council member Danny Anderson addressed Circle C, retelling an incident he had with them crossing onto his property when they were doing the sewer interceptor project. Bell said they were on an easement at the time, and were working there to avoid tearing up a recently redone street.
Anderson said he’s done some of his own background research on Circle C, and voiced some concerns with what he found.
“They’ve had several fines for safety issues,” Anderson said.
Bell assured him that bonds will be in place for the project as well as liquidated damages. The project is expected to take six months.
A motion was made to approve the construction contract. That motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Jerry Burns read a proclamation in recognition of National EMS Week. As this item got underway, council member Mike Arnold made a statement thanking local emergency responders who helped him recently when he fell ill.
A MedStar representative was on hand, and following the proclamation, he gave an update on MedStar. One highlight of the presentation was the 25 in 5 program that is seeking to train 25,000 people in hands only CPR over five years. Two years into the program, 9,000 have received the training. The use of therapeutic hypothermia and no lights and siren CPR were also hailed as effective new practices.
The nurse triage 911 program was also mentioned, as having a nurse available through this 911 program has helped people avoid 305 ambulance transports over the past year. The large Ambus was also shown. This multi-patient vehicle can house 12 patients at once and was purchased with a grant.
Medstar will soon be moving into a 50,000 square foot headquarters on Alta Mere.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROJECT
Also before the council last week was the proposed construction contract for the year 38 CDBG project, which was previously selected to be water line improvements for the 8200 – 8500 block of Delmar Street. Before council took action, a public hearing was opened for anyone to speak on the matter. No one present wished to speak, and the public hearing was closed.
The CDBG program is run off of grants from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The total cost of the proposed 38 year CDBG project for White Settlement is $116,000 with Tarrant County providing $124,000. Seven bids were received and the low bidder was B & R Utility Construction.
Anderson asked if this project was going to do anything to address storm drain issues. Bell said that it was not, but that they could look at that issue in upcoming CDBG projects. The need to work smart and not redo roads and then come back and tear them up later was discussed. Anderson spoke about possibly looking into using storm water funds for storm drain issues that persist in certain areas of the city.
A motion was made to award the construction contract to B & R. That motion passed unanimously.
ATMOS GAS RATE ADRESSED
The City of White Settlement is a member of the ATMOS Cities Steering Committee, which is made up of 154 municipalities. The committee is actively involved in rate cases and before the council last week was a Rate Review Mechanism. This is a move being done to counteract a possible Atmos rate increase that would go as high as $5 million over what was expected.
“This will save the cities around three million dollars,” City Manager Linda Ryan said.
The RRM process will be in effect for four years and looks at more factors than the Atmos process that was to take place instead. White Settlement pays a fee of around $1,000 per year to be a part of the steering committee. The importance of the committee and how it helps cities deal with Atmos was mentioned by Mayor Burns.
“No city has enough money to battle them by themselves,” Burns said. “When they get together they can afford to battle.”
A motion passed unanimously to adopt the RRM.
CODES WORKSESSION POSTPONED
Closing out the agenda for the council was a work session to discuss city building codes. With Building Official Kyle Reeves gone on vacation, the suggestion was made to put this off. Economic Development Director Jim Ryan informed the council that Reeves now has a full set of the 2012 International codes and will be studying them as he prepares to engage the council about this matter. Anderson voiced his hope that they could have the conversation sooner rather than later as the city looks at the difference between the current 2006 codes they follow and the new 2012 ones.