City Of Dexter Approves Bid Award For Water Tower Work

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By Lynne Beauchamp,

A project that, according to the City of Dexter, has been delayed for many years is scheduled to begin this spring.

Dexter City Council, at its regular council meeting on December 26, approved the bid award for water tower work to Industrial Painting Contractors in an amount not to exceed $130,000.

According to Courtney Nicholls, Dexter City Manager, bids for the work were issued in November with a due date of December 13, 2018. Four bids were received with Industrial Painting Contractors being the lowest. Council previously awarded the bidding/inspection contract to Nelson Tank for an amount not to exceed $19,300. The City budgeted an amount of $200,000 in its water fund for this project.

“This has been something we have talked about for a long time so this is great that we are getting to do this,” said Dexter Mayor, Shawn Keough adding he was pleased with the project coming under budget.

The water tower work is anticipated for April of 2019 and Nicholls added the work should take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete, weather depending. Nicholls indicated once the dates are confirmed, the city will notify its residents. Additionally, outdoor watering will be prohibited during the water tower work.

According to Nicholls from a previous interview, the water tower project will include abrasive blast cleaning and repainting of the interior of the tower, cleaning and painting of the piping and replacement of an expansion joint. During this time, the water tower will be shut down.

Tim Stewart, City of Dexter Lead Utility Operator, previously told The Sun Times News that during the time of the water tower maintenance the city will be utilizing Variable Frequency Drives on its high service pumps to maintain water service and pressure.

Stewart said the project should not have any effect on the city water supply during the time of the work. He added that the city will notify the fire department in advance of the work as this could put a strain on the system if a catastrophic fire should occur during the work.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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