Water-line project in Loxley more than half complete

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 7/19/18

LOXLEY, Alabama — A project to connect water lines from Alabama 59 to U.S. 31 in Loxley is more than half complete, officials said during the Loxley Town Council meeting on July 9.

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Water-line project in Loxley more than half complete

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LOXLEY, Alabama — A project to connect water lines from Alabama 59 to U.S. 31 in Loxley is more than half complete, officials said during the Loxley Town Council meeting on July 9.

The Loxley Town Council voted to pay Nordan Contracting Company nearly $231,000 of the total $428,000 project. The council also voted to take over maintenance once the project is completed.

Denise King of Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood addressed council members at the July 9 meeting.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Billy Middleton, which was presented at the regular Monday evening meeting, King said the contractor is approximately 52 percent complete, including the placement of 3,147 linear feet of 12-inch PVC water main, costing an estimated $127,579.38 of the total project.

One of the main pieces of the project yet to be completed is the placement of a 12-inch directional bore, which will cost an estimated $136,448.

The payment approved by the town council leaves an estimated $186,000, which will be paid upon completion of the project, officials said.

In other business July 9, the council agreed to retain Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood to inspect the town’s water towers at an estimated cost of $2,500 per tower.

Shawn Alves with Stone, Grenade & Crosby, which represents the town in legal matters, addressed the council, recommending that the town hire an independent engineering firm to inspect each tower to determine what maintenance needed to be done.

“We have been approached by private companies about the town’s tank maintenance contract,” Alves said, “and I think it’s important that an inspection be done by an independent engineering firm before any further action is taken.”

The town approved a 10-year maintenance contract with Tank Pro in 2006, Alves said, which has since expired.

Any work done on the town’s water towers would have to be let according to the state’s bid law, he said.

Also on July 9, the council:

•Approved the purchase of equipment from Matco Tools at a cost of $2,922.25.

•Approved the renewal of banners at J.D. Sellars Stadium for the upcoming Robertsdale High School football season.

•Donated $2,000 to The Lighthouse of Baldwin County, including a $1,000 donation for The Lighthouse’s Domestic Violence Services, and $1,000 for The Lighthouse’s Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Services.