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Desloge to hire contractor for Phase Two

DESLOGE — The Desloge Board of Aldermen is expected to hire a contractor for Phase Two of the water system at its meeting tonight beginning at 7 p.m.

The board briefly discussed the contracting bids at its February meeting, but did not choose one. City Administrator Greg Camp said the board did not award a contract at the meeting because the city needed additional information from Metropolitan Engineering concerning the above-ground tank.

The city received five bids for the underground work of Phase Two and two bids for the above-ground tank.

Unnerstall is the low bidder for the underground work at $1,982,808.25 followed by Vern Bauman Contracting at $2,082,703.55. Caldwell Tanks was the low bidder for the above ground tank at $680,000 followed by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors at $700,300.

Phase Two will consist of connecting approximately 150 more water customers to the new system as well as constructing a new above-ground storage tank at Brightwell Park.

Camp said customers included in Phase Two live in an area that is best defined by Hawthorn Street to the north, Roosevelt Street to the east, Grant Street to the west and Locust Street to the south.

Once Phase Two is complete customers will have 30 days to complete a contract with the city for water service in order to take advantage of a free tap. Residents will still have to pay a $50 deposit. After the 30-day deadline, taps will cost $750 in addition to the $50 deposit.

Metropolitan Engineering has estimated Phase Two will cost approximately $2.7 million dollars.

The board will also discuss:

• Moving forward with the Cantwell Neighborhood Connector Trail

• Ordinances pertaining to the wastewater billing agreement with Park Hills and the sewer

• Reconstruction and improvements to Washington Street.

Chris Cline is a reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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