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Aldermen award bid for water extension project

On Tuesday, the Poplarville Board of Aldermen awarded the bid to Hattiesburg’s Myers Underground for the construction of the water line extension on Hwy. 26. The board also declared a number of emergency repairs be made on Beers Street.
Last Friday, sealed bids were opened in regards to the water line extension on Hwy. 26, which would supply water to the new Love’s Travel Stop.
Jason Lamb, an engineer with The Walker Associates, PLLC, told the board that their engineer’s estimate for the project was $238,000. There were three bidders and two of the bidders bid outside the project’s budget.
The board accepted Myers Undergound’s low bid of $213, 308. This project is being funded by the Mississippi Development Authority, therefore the board was required to accept the lowest bid, Lamb said.
At a later meeting, the board and Lamb will discuss the placement of a resident on site inspector to ensure construction is being properly completed.
Myers has 45 days, beginning on Jan. 15, 2015, to finish the extension. If the project is not completed in time, there will be a $1,000 a day penalty, Lamb said.
During his departmental report, Poplarville Public Works Director Sam Hale informed the board that 96 feet of concrete culvert on Beers Street had been seen through a camera. It was determined that about 300 feet of the culvert needed to be replaced.
Hale said that if a significant amount of rain fell in that area, they would be required to close the street.
Lamb presented a cost estimate ranging from $25,000 to $35,000 for the repairs.
The board voted unanimously to declare the street’s condition an emergency situation.
The board will meet again on Jan. 6, 2015 in the board chambers at city hall.