Engineer Kenneth Weiland of Smith & Weiland presented the Helena-West Helena City Council with updated information regarding the broken 6-inch water main that crosses Caney Creek from Oakland Avenue (Highway 49B) to the Central High School campus.
“Following multiple meetings with the mayor and his staff as well as representatives from J & R Contractors, I have attached a construction proposal to repair the broken water main,” reported Weiland.
According to Weiland, this line completes the south water supply loop to the school. “Following the rupture of the line, crews and equipment were used to stabilize the line and valve of the leg of the main line. Though the school is supplied by the north leg of the loop, this repair should be made as soon as possible to re-establish the looped supply of water to the school for fire protection purposes,” explained Weiland.
Weiland stated that he would consider this matter to be of enough urgency to warrant an emergency declaration by the water company to proceed with this work as soon as possible.
“J & R contractors estimated a total cost of $27,794 to complete the work. This estimate is based on meetings and contact I have had with them to establish the scope of their work,” commented Weiland.
Weiland explained the Helena Water Co. has enough money for the repair and if approved the construction can be done within 2 weeks.
Weiland stated that if the necessity of extra water pressure, for example a fire, was to present itself, the main would have to be fixed. A motion was made to accept the bid that was presented by J & R Contractors and to declare an emergency clause in the bidding of the broken water line.