McMinnville officials are moving forward with a sewer rehab project despite having to contribute an additional $44,495 to receive a $500,000 grant.
Tuesday night’s vote to pay the extra funds and accept the grant passed unanimously by Major Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman and Aldermen Mike Neal, Ken Smith, Jimmy Bonner, Rick Barnes and Billy Wood.
The city applied for a Community Development Block Grant totaling $500,000 back in 2010. Word recently came that the grant had been awarded with a match requirement from the city of $80,000, bringing the total to $580,000.
When bids were received by city engineer Anthony Pelham, the actual cost for the project was $624,495, meaning the city had to pitch in an additional $44,495 with its grant match of $80,000.
Pelham brought the bad news to the city Sept. 24 during and Water and Sewer Committee meeting stating, “Bids were opened. Short version, they came in higher than expected.”
Pelham removed all deducts that were allowed within the scope of the work and reduced his fees by $9,400 to bring the shortfall down to $44,495.
The grant will be used to replace 5,000 feet of dilapidated 8-inch pipe with new pipe of the same size in the Skyline area using a process called “pipe bursting.”
Being a resolution, only one vote before the board is needed. Boatman Construction Company will perform the work.