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The Chrisman City Council held their first meeting of the month on Monday, February 7th. The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting minutes along with claims in the amount of $34,325.51.
Erik Bohle wanted to thank the Chrisman Fire Department, Mike Marvin and Rodney Wolfe for helping with a break in the water line last week. “We fixed it the next morning,” Bohle said.
City Attorney Robert Morris was in attendance to speak to the council about the sewer project. Phase Two of the project required a sanitary management overview, which Morris provided to the council to look over.
Signatures from Mayor Danny Owen, City Clerk Autumn Perryman, Woodland Cemetery Chairman Don Tate, and Woodland Cemetery Secretary Donna Taylor were required. Paperwork would then have to be taken to the City Recorder’s office. At that time, Morris would be notified and the title company would be called for the title work.
“Matt (Johnson, of Fehr Graham) and I have worked on it to get everything I need to put it together. That’s after we get this recorded,” Morris said.
“The permits are in hand and the bidding documents are approved. This was the last domino. We’ve been at this point in the game since October,” Matt Johnson said. Johnson said that if too much time is taken, this could put a damper on getting the sewer project started in the spring. The council moved and approved the force main easement.
Matt Johnson stated that during his visit, there were some issues that were to be addressed before the treatment plant began construction. “What kind of time frame are we looking at?” asked Commissioner Haddix and Johnson responded: “My goal is to be breaking ground in the Spring of 2023.”
In the blueprints, all that will need to be maintained will be easily accessible.
The motor, the valve, propeller, everything will be in a fiberglass enclosure that will open like a clam shell when anything needs repaired.
In matters of part-time pay, a city employee working for co-op wasn’t able to receive her raise due to not being eighteen. The ladies in the office weren’t sure if she should get it, legally the city doesn’t have to give her the raise. “I say do it,” Commissioner Thad Crispin said.
Commissioner Haddix added: “She’s a good kid, we’ve got to take care of her.”
The city was recently sent paperwork for the Natural Gas Renewal for 2022. “It’s just us saying we’re going to renew. It’s not the bid yet,” said City Clerk Autumn Perryman. “We don’t have anything quoted yet. It just says we’re going to be up for a quote.”
With the prices changing everyday and a price not locked down, Mayor Owen was hesitant about signing. The paperwork needed to be signed by the end of the meeting.
“How are we going to know what price we’re signing, that’s what I want to know,” Owen said.
Perryman explained that this is just to agree to the renewal, not a price. “It’s like an early admittance. We’re not agreeing to a price,” Perryman said.
The council approved to signed the document.
Commissioner Cory Chaney wanted to thank the City of Paris Streets Department and Chris Redman for coming out to help take down the Christmas lights.
“I truly appreciate their time and coordinating with Erik to get that done when the weather was somewhat decent,” Chaney said.
Mayor Owen said that the snow storm that came through was a learning experience for the city. “Next time it will be a lot better and a lot different,” Owen said.
Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Owen mentioned that when the water main had broken, it was discovered that part of the pipes did not have a tracer wire.
“From Lewsader’s shop south to Country Camper, that’s a pretty long section without a tracer wire,” Owen said.
Erik Bohle stated that to his understanding the wire was never put in. Typically the wire is put in when the pipes are put in. When asked what had happened, fingers were pointed at the sub contractors.
“B&T subcontracted that out for the four or five houses that are right there and that sub contractor didn’t put it in,” Bohle said. “Then where B&T picked it up, there at Lewsader’s coming back north, it’s in.”
Matt Johnson said that he understands the project isn’t completely done, due to the pipes being in the ground, but still waiting on surface restoration. Johnson stated that if the documents they had were from his company, there would be a one year correction period that Francis and Associates would be on the hook for.
“We would notify the contractor to get it installed,” Johnson said. “Not to be callus, but that’s not our problem.”
Bohle said that he believed that Francis and Associates had their inspector on site and that wasn’t something he was there to inspect.
“That was out of his mouth,” Bohle said. “The phone call that was made at the time on the side of the highway, I was told he was not to inspect that wire for Francis.”
Johnson said that Francis and Associates needed to be notified that they have a correction period claim in order to get the issue fixed. Bohle added that Francis and Associates knew that day that there was an issue.
To that, Mayor Owen said: “I want it put in if it’s supposed to be put in.”