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Local contractor Barney Bray submitted the low bid for the first construction contract in the $45 million infrastructure bond issue approved by City of Paris voters last May.
The Paris City Council is scheduled to meet in a brief special session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to award the contract for five water line replacement projects in southwest Paris.
“These water lines supply large quantities of water to Kimberly Clark, Turner Pipe and Next Era Energy,” city manager John Godwin said in a memo to council members.
The city manager is recommending that the council award the contract to Bray, owner of B. Bray Construction, who submitted the lower of two bids that were opened Tuesday in city council chambers.
Bray’s bid was $1,867,769 — 4.2 percent below the bid of $1,949,370 by Pittard Construction Co. of Allen.
Aecom, the city’s engineer for the bond program, had estimated construction costs at $2 million for the five projects, the entirety of which has been designated “Contract A”:
The five projects are among 15 “Tier 1″ projects at the top of a list of 89 infrastructure projects the council earmarked in October.
The list is a combination of projects recommended by KSA Engineers under a 10-year capital improvement plan, and projects suggested by City of Paris field staff, “who we believe know which projects are most needed,” Godwin says.
“It is our plan to begin construction in Spring 2014,” Godwin said in October.
Here is a list of other “Tier 1″ projects on the list, to be undertaken later as part of contracts B through E:
By Charles Richards,