Process first step in seeking water system improvements

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 09:46 AM.

The consultants get paid by taking a percentage of the grant money they acquire for the city, and that percentage is negotiated between the consulting firm and the city.

H. Douglas Bruce first appeared before the council on Feb. 20 when he was asked by Mayor Linda Cain to explain different ways the city could raise money to update the city’s aging water system and to extend water service to south of Interstate 10.

The first step, Bruce explained, is to secure the services of a consulting firm. He recommended the city publish a Request For Qualifications and begin the process of searching for a consultant.

The council agreed and voted to proceed with the preparation of an RFQ, and Thursday night the council heard presentations from firms that had responded to the advertisement.

During Bruce’s presentation he showed the council a slide of the State Legislature’s current budget, which includes a $400,000 line-item for the city of Chipley to use toward water system repairs.

The budget item was there because Bruce had arranged for Council Member Lee Dell Kennedy and Miner to travel to Tallahassee and meet with the budget committee to discuss the city’s water system problems.

The budget has been passed by the House and the Senate, and will next go to Gov. Rick Scott for final approval.

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