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July 11, 2013

Council awards contract for water tower rehab

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council awarded a contract worth more than a half-million dollars Tuesday, for the rehabilitation of one of the city’s  elevated water storage tanks.

The Council voted unanimously to grant the construction contract to A & M Construction and Utilities of Rowlett for the work at the Webb Street water tower.

Interim City Manager/Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said two state inspections performed on the tower said the rehabilitation needed to be completed as soon as possible and that the cost of the contract is far less than the potential alternative.

“Probably three or four years from now, we’d have to demolish it and replace it for $5 million,” Ebrahim said.

A&M Construction will be responsible for removing one-eighth inch of sediment from the bottom of the tank, weld any pitted surfaces on the interior, perform a “near white” metal blast cleaning, coat and paint the interior, perform a commercial blast cleaning on the exterior and paint the exterior to also include the City of Greenville logo.

Required Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) inspections on the city’s water tanks were performed in 2009 by Dunham Engineering and again in 2012 by Texas Tank Services, both of which made recommendations for rehabilitation of the 1 million gallon elevated storage tank located on Webb Street.

A & M Construction and Utilities was the lowest responsible bidder with a base bid of $516,000.

As a budget amendment was needed to authorize the expenditure, the Council was required to conduct a public hearing prior to the vote being taken.

Ebrahim said the work, which would involve taking the tower off-line, would not begin right away.

“We will not start until October or November, when demand goes down,” Ebrahim said.

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