The Hope water tower will get spruced up this fall, under a plan adopted last week by the Hope Town Council.
The council approved a contract with Kearns Construction Services out of Lawrenceburg, Ky. to repaint and refurbish the water tower inside and out, with work taking place this fall. The total price for the contract would be up to $280,100 and that money would come from funds leftover from the water system improvement project completed last year.
Town Manager J.T. Doane said that the town asked for several options for bidders, including an outside-only water tower project that would be good for 10 to 15 years, or a total inside and outside project that would last the town 20 to 25 years. The bidders were also asked to submit bids for work to start this spring or this fall.
Tony Akles, with the town's engineering consultants, Strand Associates, said that the town actually received nine bids for the project, but several of the bidders, including the two lowest bidders, did not completely fill out all of the paperwork required by state and federal laws. For example, bidders were required to submit their drug-testing policy, or include bonds for the work. Those bids were flagged as "non-responsive" to the original call for bids and removed from consideration, leaving the town with only three responsive bidders.
"Indiana law is pretty clear that you have to consider them non-responsive and throw them out," Akles said.
Kearns' base bid was about $103,350 with the various alternates including the inside and outside work that will sandblast the entire water tower surface and recoat it adding up to the $280,100 total. Akles said the total was less than they had anticipated for the project.
Akles said that Strand has not worked with the company before, however they have done several projects in Indiana and those were completed successfully. Overall, the company has done 40 to 50 water tower projects.
The work is expected to take up to 90 days to complete and will start after Labor Day. During the work, there will be some loss of water pressure to customers, but it should be comparable to the water pressure during last year's water system improvement project, when the tower was also removed from the system.
In other business before the Town Council:
Akles said that the town's water system update was completed and is now in the warranty period. That means that contractors will be going back in to replant grass or re-grade areas that still need work.
The council tabled discussion of new animal control fees until next month's meeting to add clarification that non-owners of an animal will not be charged for coming to take an animal off their property.
Doane updated the council on the town's cleanup efforts under the recently passed anti-trash ordinance. He said that eight properties have received red tags and that six have cleaned up their property. The remaining two have been in contact with the town staff and have not been charged the $25 fine for failing to clean up their property.
The Council approved a $250 monthly contract with Jeff Yarnell to empty the 20 trash cans around the Town Square and at the Hope Utilities office.
Approved a request from Jonnna Shepherd to close the Town Square for the annual Relay for Life event onn June 3rd. The square would close the night before, on June 2nd, for setup for the event. The council also approved the Hope police to escort the event's motorcycle ride on their trip. Shepherd said that this is the eighth year for the event.
Town Marshall Matt Tallent announced that new Officer Adam Mathis has finished his training at the police academy and finished second in his class.