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July 2, 2013

Water board approves system project

The Centerville Municipal Waterworks Board of Trustees Thursday at City Hall voted to approve an agreement for professional engineering services with Hall Engineering for the 2013 water system improvement project.

The project calls for the abandonment of the West State Street water main from Ninth Street to 10th Street, constructing a new water main from Washington Street to Maple Street on 10th Street and constructing a new water main from 15th Street to 18th Street on East State Street.

Hall Engineering will provide engineering design and construction engineering services. Hall Engineering’s fees for services is broken into three categories: Design services, $26,500; construction engineering, $8,400; and construction staking, layout and construction surveillance not to exceed $11,600.

In other action during Thursday’s regular Water Board meeting:

• The water board is going to let bids to paint the water tower in Centerville. The board is going to offer potential companies bidding options to include types of paint and the inclusion of artwork, like the city logo, on the water tower.

The timeline calls for the board to talk about design and resolution and call for bids in July, open bids in August and start the project in late October or early November.

• Water department employees are going to start painting fire hydrants. During the painting process water department employees will conduct any needed hydrant maintenance.

The plan is to start on the Centerville Square and work outwards. The goal is to do 75 hydrants per year.

• Raeann Fuller, though not on the agenda, was given an opportunity to explain her differences with the denial for water service to a property she plans to lease.

Fuller had requested water service for a property she and another male would occupy. The request became an issue for the water department when they realized the man had a past due water bill of approximately $230. Even as a tenant, the man would have to pay his past due water bill in order for the residence to get water.

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