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Miner's water towers are overdue for inspection

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

MINER - The Board of Aldermen will wait for one more bid, which they expect to receive today, before awarding the contract to inspect the city's water towers.

The Board discussed inspections of the city's water towers during their regular meeting Tuesday.

"They're supposed to be done every five years," Richard Evans, department of public works, said about the inspection schedule mandated by the Department of Natural Resources. "It's been longer than that."

Evans said he believes one of the city's two older towers is about two years overdue and the other is about four years overdue.

"They're not too strict on it until you get several years over," he said.

The city's newest water tower, which holds 500,000 gallons, is also due for an inspection but can not be drained until the other two are back online, Evans said.

The older 75,000 gallon water tower on the east side of town needs a new valve, according to Dub Higden, department of public works. The valve should cost about $9,000.

Higden said the city needs to keep the tower in service to keep water pressure up on the other side of Interstate 55.

"And the tank will just sit there and deteriorate unless we use it," added Evans.

Higden said the inspection will determine whether the tanks need to be sandblasted and painted again which costs about $12,000.

Evans said there is about a two month wait for inspections after the city approves the bid and is placed on the schedule.

In other business:

* The Board amended the city's liquor sales ordinance to allow sales earlier on Sunday as allowed by a revision to state statutes.

"It was changed last year and we didn't know it," said City Clerk Janet Tuttle.

It came to the city's attention when someone noted some vendors in Miner were selling alcohol beginning at 9 a.m. Sundays while others were still waiting until 1 p.m.

* A decision on a backhoe purchase was tabled to allow board members to review bids.

"I'd like to look at this a little first," Deloris Smith, board member, said.

Bids for new backhoes came in between $63,000 and $65,000. Bids on used backhoes ranged from $39,000 to $49,000.

* Alderman Peggy Holman said the city needs to log serial numbers on the fire department's pagers so employees can be held responsible.

Holman said the city ended up paying for a lost pager recently.

Police Chief Roger Moore said his department does not use pagers and he has a list of radio serial numbers and who has them to give to the city clerk.

Holman also said the city should establish a clothing allotment for uniforms. "I believe we could save some money," she said. "If you go over your allotment, you pay for it."

"I think that's a policy we ought to establish," agreed Justin Medley.

Board members also discussed the possibility of renting uniforms.