Council Awards Aging Water Main Project

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A lengthy bid process came to a conclusion Monday night when the Salyersville City Council finally awarded its aging water main project.
Meeting in regular session, the council unanimously agreed to accept a bid from Music Construction, of Mt. Sterling, which was one of two companies vying for the job.

The project, a slightly watered down version of initial plans, calls for the replacement of old water lines in the downtown and Dixie Addition areas.
The council was on its third bid process after all bids the first two times came in over budget.
Some parts of the initial project were removed from the final bid advertisement before Music submitted an acceptable bid of just over $1 million. H2O Inc. submitted the only other bid following the final advertisement.
As additional money becomes available, council members agreed to include the portions of the project that were removed.
A pre-construction meeting has been scheduled for August 27, Brenda Powers of the Big Sandy Area Development District, announced.
Powers invited council members and city officials to attend the get-together and informed the council that actual construction should begin “right after the Labor Day holiday weekend”.
No expected completion date was mentioned and it was not known exactly where initial project work will begin.
In other business, the council approved the first reading of a 2009-10 budget ordinance, as well as the first reading of a property tax ordinance.
Council members voted unanimously to leave the property tax rate the same as it was the previous year.
A discussion regarding pay for Salyersville Renaissance employee Jincy Bailey once again became front and center when council member Jeff Ross submitted a request she be given overdue wages.
Following a short discussion, mayor Stanley Howard and Councilman Ross agreed to examine the issue in an attempt to reach an acceptable conclusion.