Council agrees to spend more than planned for waterline



The lowest bid for the waterline project came in above the engineer's estimate.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
CORTLAND -- City council has agreed to spend nearly 90,000 more than planned on the Southern Water Extension Project.
Lawmakers gave their approval Tuesday during a work session that followed Monday's regular meeting.
Service Director Don Wittman explained that the engineer's estimate and the money available for the project, which will increase water flow to the southern end of the city, was 278,300.
JCM Contracting Co. of North Lima was the lowest of the 12 bidders at 367,515, or 89,215 more than available funds.
Wittman said that it was determined by Finance Director Frances Moyer that the water fund has a 175,000 carry over from 2006 and the water fund is expected to have receipts of 650,000 this year.
As a result, the service director said, money will be available to pay the added cost. If the money were not available, Wittman said, the project would have been scaled back.
The project calls for the installation of a 12-inch line along state Route 46, south from state Route 5 to Windsor Drive, which is just north of state Route 305.
In addition to increased flow to city residents to the south, it will allow the city to sell water to customers in the areas along Route 46 that are in Bazetta Township.
In other business, council set the next regular meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 16, in council chambers.
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