Second phase of city’s sewer project should begin before end of month
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
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The second phase of the city’s sewer improvement project should start in the next couple of weeks, Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said after the Cadiz City Council’s first meeting of the new year last Tuesday evening.

Fowler said that on Dec. 9 last year, the city got bids on the second of three phases from Civilworx of Owensboro, Twin States Utilities and Excavation of Mount Hermon, Burgess Contracting of Eddyville and Scott and Ritter of Bowling Green.

Fowler said the second phase of the program will run from Perry Street to Lincoln Street.

The first phase of the project, which was completed early last year, involved the replacement of 3,000 feet of sewer main from the city’s water treatment plant on Spring Street to Genesis Express on Jefferson Street, said Fowler. He added that the 12-inch and 16-inch pipes that make up the main in this area were replaced with 18-inch pipes.

At $180,298, Civilworx submitted the lowest bid, and the city council unanimously chose them as the contractor for the second phase. Twin States bid $188,915, Burgess Contracting bid $223,450 and Scott and Ritter bid $237,142.

In a letter addressed to Fowler, Roger Boyers of Water Management Services of Nashville, Tenn., said this phase of the project will cost about $213,000.

Fowler said that of a $450,000 wastewater grant the city received in 2009, about $98,000 is left, and although there is no official time limit on using the grant, the money that isn’t used could still be reclaimed.

In the councilors’ comments portion, City Councilor Susan Bryant brought up the housing rehabilitation program. She thinks, as she has stated before, that the people who occupy the homes that have been torn down and rebuilt via the program “should have a responsibility to take care of what they have been awarded. And if they don’t, there’s a penalty.”

Cadiz Mayor Lynn Bailey asked Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson to see if there is any language that can be put into such agreements related to the program.

The housing rehabilitation project, funded by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), will involve the replacement of 12 homes in the area that aren’t up to code, and will be the sixth such project undertaken in Cadiz, said Diane Light, who was hired by the city to oversee and administer the project.

Cadiz resident Harry Todd, who comes to most city council meetings, asked the council to set aside a day of mourning for the Fort Campbell soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Monday, Bailey signed a proclamation to that effect and scheduled a Day of Mourning ceremony for 11 a.m. Friday in front of City Hall.

Trigg County Attorney Randall Braboy was present at the meeting and said, “I want the city and the county to work together. I’m the county attorney, but the city is part of the county.”
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