Bryan City Council Moves On WWTP Project

The Bryan City Council approved a contract to get the new project at the wastewater treatment plant going.

The council approved Ordinance 12-2017, authorizing the mayor to enter into a contract with Hank’s Plumbing and Heating for effluent disinfection, grit removal and digester improvements at the Bryan Wastewater Treatment Plant.The company’s bid of $3,031,578, was within the engineer’s estimate was $2.856,515, Mayor  Douglas Johnson said.

The council also approved a new fund for the project. The city will make a $2.5 million down payment on the project and have a balance of $2.5 million.

Council authorized Johnson  to enter into a contract with Bryan Excavating, LLC for  a sanitary sewer in the 300 Block of North Myers Street. The work is a very small project. Normally, the city consolidates projects like this, but the sewer main had collapsed in a few spots, Construction Engineer Brian Wieland said. ‘It was something we didn’t feel we could wait,” Wieland said. “We estimated it to be in the $60,000 to $70,000 range, so we had to let it out for bids.”

Bryan Excavating was the low bidder. The city has a 60-day completion schedule.

Council approved authorizing salary adjustments for department heads and assistant department heads, by increasing salaries in a range from $.50 to $1.50 per hour and increasing three secretaries’ salaries in a range From $.20 to $1 per hour, Fire Captain $.50 per hour and the Clerk-Treasurer’s Assistant Office Manager $.35 per hour, as merit Increases, effective May 15. The city’s goal is to equalize salaries and wages, Johnson said. Council wanted people to know it has been toying with this idea for years.

The council accepted a $9,800 donation from the Bryan Baseball Association to the Parks and Recreation Department for a Concession Stand on Field 4. This is the final payment for new stand, Parks and Recreation Director Benjamin Dominique said. The BBA has donated $46,800 total. The group made a $37,000 donation earlier.

The group asked the city if it could wait on the final donation until the group could reorganize itself. The final donation will cover any expenses left over.

“The building is coming along,” Dominque said. “It will be complete close to the start of baseball season.”

Desmond received council’s blessing on formally hiring three seasonal part-time employees. The mayor has already hired the three individuals on a temporary basis, but Dominique wanted to make the hires official.

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