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The Paris City Council has awarded to Bray Construction of Paris a contract for nine water line projects, replacing miles of corroded, decades-old cast iron water lines in the city with new PCV pipe.
It’s Phase II of replacement of water lines being done with $3.4 million from a low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board.
When bids were opened on Dec. 12, Bray’s bid of $707,535.50 was more than 35 percent (almost $400,000) below the only other bid received — a bid of $1,101,463.37 from McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc., of Minden, La.
“We estimate we will have about $850,000 remaining in the TWDB fund, so we will probably end up adding some optional work back in,” City Engineer Shawn Napier told the city council at its meeting Monday night.
Last April, McInnis Brothers was awarded the contract for Phase I work with a bid of $1,815,203 to replace 2.3 miles of water lines. That bid was 9.6 percent below Bray’s bid of $2,008,320 and 13.5 percent below Harrison Walker Harper’s bid of $2,097,887.
After a motion by District 6 Councilwoman Cleonne Drake and a second by District 5 Councilman Matt Frierson, the council approved the Phase II contract unanimously.
City manager John Godwin has termed the TWDB loan “cheaper than cash” because the state agency forgave $510,000 of the loan since the project has been certified as a “green project.” In effect, the city got $3.4 million of work for a cost of $2.9 million.
In every instance, whether under Phase I or Phase II, residents should notice better water pressure and more water volume after the work is done, Napier said.
The Phase I and Phase II work under the TWDB loan is similar but separate from the work approved under a $45 million infrastructure bond that citizens approved last May, which will replace sewer lines in addition to old water lines.
The Phase II work approved by the council Monday night includes replacement of water lines in the following locations:
Phase I was for replacement of water lines under these streets:
Along East 3rd from Henderson to Kaufman, a distance of about eight-tenths of a mile McInnis replaced 20-inch cast iron lines with 20-inch PVC lines.
The rest of the Phase I work involved replacement of 6-inch cast-iron lines with 6-inch or 8-inch PVC lines.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra