Barney Bray submits low bid on first contract of $45 million infrastructure bond program

SW Water Projects

The bold lines indicate the five water line replacement projects scheduled for imminent construction in southwest Paris.

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.

City manager John Godwin

City manager John Godwin

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”:

  • Southwest 19th Street, from the railroad tracks to the southwest loop;
  • Along the southwest loop, from Southwest 19th Street to Southwest 7th Street;
  • Southwest 7th Street, from the southwest loop to Field Road;
  • Cross-country northwest from Field Road to Southwest 13th Street and West Washington Street;
  • Southeast 3rd, from the south loop to Church Street.

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:

  • Pine Bluff, from Main Street to 20th Street (water and sewer);
  • East of Johnson Woods Drive, from Lamar Avenue to Mahaffey Street (sewer only);
  • Downtown Paris, from the Plaza one block south and three blocks in each of the three other directions (water and sewer);
  • Lamesa Heights Addition (water and sewer).
  • Southeast 33rd Street, from Lamar Avenue to Clarksville Street (water and sewer);
  • Southeast Loop 286, from Clarksville Street to Jefferson Heights (Big Sandy to FM 1507) (sewer only);
  • Carson Lane, from Southeast 28th Street to Johnson Woods Drive (sewer only);
  • West Houston Street, from Northwest 34th Street to the west loop (water and sewer);
  • Dawn Drive, from the east end of Dawn Drive to the Loop 286 crossover (sewer only);
  • Northwest 19th Street, grinder pumps (sewer only).

By Charles Richards,


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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.