By: Jennifer Britt
The Parsons Advocate
During the committee reports Town of Davis Reporter, Jennie Helmick, presented the council members with an invoice for $29,601.54 for the emergency replacement sewer project. The project is for a major leak that occurred at the industrial park. Mark Burns presented a report that stated Doug Martin, RK&K, two of the three contractors that bid on the project as well as himself met to open the sealed bids on December 8, 2022.
All bids received were opened and read aloud and checked to ensure all documents were provided. The low bid of $135,100 was from Blue Ridge Construction Group, Inc. The total cost for the repairs will be $191,000 with some items being backordered. Those items will need to be delivered for the project to begin as well as approval of the bids by the funding agency.
It was reported that the cleaning of the water tank will begin once the new slightly higher quotes from Liquid Engineering Corporation are signed. The need for the cleaning is because stormwater was found in the tanks.
The Planning Commission reported that the requested amendments from town council had been received and responses to those amendments were presented back to the council. A work session between the commission and council will be held on December 28 at 4:30 p.m. and will be located at the Davis Town Hall.
Parks and ecreation committee member/councilman Martin motioned for Wi-Fi to be installed at the community center for a camera system due to vandalism to new park equipment and a keyless lock system to ensure more control over who enters the building. Motion carried. There will be new doors installed at the community center as well.
The council regretfully accepted the resignation of their water/sewer operator Burns (Digger). In his letter of resignation to the council Burns said, “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity the Town has given me and I value the insights I have learned. I am certain it will help with my future endeavors. I would also like to thank the Town for being supportive of my professional opinions. I have enjoyed working with the Town, the citizens, and its employees. I have made lasting friendships that I value tremendously.”
Burns also mentioned in his letter that if the Town of Davis ever needed his help he would do what he could when he can. Helmick went on record to say, “We are really missing a really good operator. He is probably the best I have worked with since I have worked for the Town. He kept updates on everything. He found things that hadn’t been taken care of for years and he has been very efficient in his job.”
Mayor Alan Tomson was not in attendance to present any updates.
Two building permits were approved by the council. The first was for a new home on lot 2 at 6 Riverwalk Place for Nathalie Cataisson. The second was for a 30 x 125-foot metal building at 166 Fifth Street for Dustin Luzier. Luzier is constructing a new laundry service.
The next meeting of the Town of Davis Council will be held on January 11, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held at the Davis Town Hall located at 505 William Ave.