The Smithville Water Plant rehabilitation project could finished by July or August.
Mayor Taft Hendrixson updated the aldermen Monday night on how much money has been spent on the rehab to date. "To date, the city has spent $1,609,080 out of our (city funds) on the water plant renovation. The CDBG block grant money spent is $300,674. That brings the total to $1,909,754 that has been spent on the water plant. We are well on our way to getting that completed, probably by July or August," said Mayor Hendrixson
Work began last August by the W&O Construction Company of Livingston, who was awarded the construction bid in February 2010 by the board of aldermen at a cost of $2,542,000. The city was awarded a $500,000 community development block grant administered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help fund the project. But the bulk of the funding, $2,342,000 is being appropriated from the city's water and sewer fund surplus.
The project at the water plant includes the installation of new high service pumps; new electrical breaker boxes, new storage tanks, new automated water filter control panel, new chlorinator, new liquid fluoride feeder system, the addition of a new standby generator, among many other renovations and improvements
In other business Monday night, the aldermen voted to donate $500 to the DeKalb County High School Project Graduation. Lora Webb, speaking on behalf of the DCHS senior class, came before the mayor and aldermen asking for a donation.
Brandon Donnell was hired as a full time certified police officer now that he has successfully completed his 60 day probationary period. Donnell's pay will go from $11.71 to $13.09 per hour.
Tony Chapman was hired in the sanitation department now that he has completed his 60 day probationary period. His pay will go from $9.65 to $11.03 per hour.
Mayor Hendrixson reported that the Smithville Electric System board last week voted to donate to the city a 1985 model Ford F800 bucket truck being taken out of service. The aldermen voted to send a letter to SES giving notice that the city will accept the truck. Mayor Hendrixson said the city could make good use of this truck on certain occasions. " Smithville Electric System has bought one or two new bucket trucks and is donating one taken out of service to the city. It has 52,000 miles on it but it's been run a lot. They (SES) put a new motor in it about three years ago. It will need a minimum of $3,000 spent on it to put the boom in good operational shape. We won't use it everyday but its something that will come in handy at certain times," said Mayor Hendrixson.