Manpower is being ramped up to replace and repair hydrants, valves, and water leaks to the City’s water distribution system after the AMA and City Council approved to enter into a contract with Shoestring Enterprises during the regular Altus Municipal Authority and Altus City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 20.
The AMA and City Council approved the City of Altus to enter into a contract for water line, valves, and fire hydrant repair/installation services for the City’s water distribution system for one year with Shoestring Enterprises, LLC. The contract is for labor only as the City is responsible for repair parts.
According to City of Altus Water/Waste Water Superintendent Steve Perry, Shoestring will assist the City of Altus in over 30 open work orders on various areas of repairs throughout the City. Currently there are at least four hydrants, 13 water line leaks, and a few valves to be replaced/repaired.
Also during the regular meeting, the AMA and City Council acknowledged receipt of contract documents and technical specifications for the Falcon Rd. and Park Lane waterline relocation project for the City of Altus, in the name of the City of Altus and AMA, and approved making the project tax exempt. They also authorized approving the low bidder as Purchasing Agent and to bid the project.
Ninety percent of funds for this project are provided by the Strategic Military Planning Grant with a 10 percent match from the AMA. Contract documents were prepared by Gary Brickley, P.E. of Fox, Dreschler & Brickley, Inc., The first part of the project includes relocating a portion of the 16” main line that runs along the north side of Falcon Rd. at Falcon and Park Lane, and the second part consists of replacing a waterline near the Main Gate of Altus Air Force Base. The next step is to go out for contractor bids.
AMA approved a chlorine dioxide contract extension for the Water Treatment Plant between the City of Altus and Siemens Industry, Inc., for a price of 66 cents per liquid pound. The contract is for bulk delivery of no less than 15,000 liquid pounds. Service is included in the price.
AMA also awarded bid #99800 for wire and cable to Wesco Distribution, Inc., of Amarillo, Texas in the amount of $52,794.50 for new construction and maintenance projects; award bid #99900 for utility poles to Bridgewell Resources of Arkansas at a total price of $16,891.30 to replenish supply used in new construction and maintenance projects; and awarded bid #13000 to Traffic Signals, Inc., of Edmond, for traffic signal control cabinets at a price of $24,110 to replace outdated or malfunctioning control cabinets.
During the City Council meeting Council approved pre-payment, when necessary, to Hooten Oil Company, for purchasing aviation fuels not to exceed the amount $60,000. Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport Manager at Daniel Adams stated that Hooten Oil Company requests to be paid 15 days after an invoice is sent to the City.
“I just want to make sure they get paid on time so our fuel supply is not threatened in any way,” Adams said.
Deputy City Administrator James Wilson explained that if the City waits to approve payment as a purchase order, it would be late by the time it is released to Hooten Oil. After further discussion, Council approved pre-paying when necessary.
Council also awarded a construction contract for the Airport Improvement Project (AIP) to “construct entrance road and expand terminal apron” to Altus Sand and Gravel, subject to receiving FAA grant, and approved Resolution No. 2013-36 to appoint an agent for authorizing signatures, and appointed Altus Sand and Gravel as the purchasing agent contingent on receiving FAA grant.
Council accepted the recommendation of the Altus City Planning Commission (ACPC) and approved Ordinance No. 2013-15 to change the zoning classification from Agricultural to Auto-Urban Residential for a tract of land known as Northridge Addition Part Four.
Council also approved Resolution No. 2013-37 for the City’s acknowledgement of the “Notification” for continuation of contract for certain 1985 Contracts to receive treated water from storage ponds at the City’s Southwest Treatment Plant, and established a termination date of June 3, 2026.
Council approved the purchase of three 2014 Ford Police Interceptor SUV AWD totaling $94,755, four lawn tractors, $28,553.25, HR Time Keeping Module, $31,269, and an Incode Server Installation and Estimated Travel Expense for $13,215.97.
Council tabled an item pertaining to an oil and gas lease with Rock River Investments, LLC., at the “old landfill” site.
Council entered executive session to discuss a negotiation update with FOP #120. No vote were taken.