City council approves water line repair plan
Eureka Springs Public Works is starting a major water line repair project.
On Monday night, the Eureka Springs City Council approved two resolutions to kick off the project: a resolution accepting a $272,627 bid from Kirk’s Excavation to complete the work and a resolution to use Infrastructure and Improvement (I&I) funds to pay for a portion of the cost. Mayor Butch Berry said the city received two bids from the work, one from Kirk’s Excavation and another from LE Davis for $336,800.
Berry said McClellan Engineers recommended that the council accept the bid from Kirk’s Excavation, as it was the lowest of the two bids. He then gave more details about the project, saying it will focus on the area from the train station to the wastewater treatment plant. Council member Terry McClung asked how long it will take to complete the project and public works director Dwayne Allen said it should take 90 days after the contract is signed.
The project will save the city money on utilities, Allen said, including electricity and water costs. One of the city’s biggest water leaks is located near the wastewater treatment plant, Berry said.
“We’ve never been able to locate this leak but we know it’s between that line on there,” Berry said. “This line is needed. It’s going to end up saving us money because of stopping the leaks.”
Allen said the city has a grant for $200,000, which will cover the majority of the cost. The remaining $72,627 will come from the I&I fund, Allen said. The I&I fund is designated to pay for projects like this, he said.
“The I&I … we can’t use it for equipment or wages or anything, so we have to use that to be able to offset some savings on our budget,” Allen said.
“Like it says, infrastructure,” said council member Harry Meyer. “I’m glad we’re getting it done.”
“So am I,” Berry said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
The council unanimously approved both resolutions, moving on to a resolution affirming the city’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and protection of its transgender citizens. Berry said the city of Fayetteville recently approved a similar resolution. He said the resolution would reaffirm the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, Ordinance 2223, that was approved in 2015.
McClung said he hoped the council “didn’t make a habit of having to reaffirm every ordinance” it has approved over the years.
“I’ve never had this happen before,” McClung said. “It’s kind of out of the ordinary.”
“This is not really affirming our Ordinance 2223,” Berry said. “It’s more affirming the acts that have recently happened within the state legislature.”
The council unanimously approved the resolution.
The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, at The Auditorium.