The Altus Municipal Authority meeting was held on Tuesday evening in council chambers followed by the regular meeting of the Altus City Council. Council unanimously approved the best overall bid for contracted directional boring and trenching services from Oklahoma Texas Telecommunications. OTT provides services for underground projects such as lighting, housing additions and replacements.
Worth Hydrochem of Norman was then hired to clean and service the existing reverse osmosis (RO) membranes at the Altus water treatment plant. The service will cost $14,900. It was reported that the membranes have been out of service since 2012. Public Works Director Johnny Barron stated that new membranes could cost as much as $500,000.
“This is not in the budget,” said Barron. “Therefore the best strategy is to clean and service the existing membranes and use them if possible during the initial start up process.”
Barron said that the city staff looks forward to working with Hydrochem, “The contractor has worked on our RO plant in the past and is familiar with our system. They will provide all materials and skilled labor as a turn-key project. Their work is highly specialized and they have considerable experience.”
During the regular city council meeting Mayor Jack Smiley appointed Assistant City Manager Matt Wenowski to serve on the Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group (SOCAG) for 2016.
Acting City Manager Larry Shelton commented that he would be reviewing the proposed 2016 budget, the electric rate adjustment, and the 12 percent electric bad debt collections. Shelton said, “We hope to put together a program to help the debt issue.”
Before adjourning, Mayor Smiley said that Feb. 26 is the tentative date to throw the switch at Round Timber to start sending water to wells.
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