Council approves new water system for northwest Crestview

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New subdivisions, such as Silver Oaks, have opened in recent years along Old Bethel Road. Northwest Crestview is projected to experience the next wave of growth.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — With local officials projecting northwest Crestview will be the city’s next area of growth, the City Council took steps toward preparing for the quadrant’s expansion by approving a new water system.

Meeting Monday evening in its first business meeting of the year, the council received a report from Michael Bomar, vice president of Tetra Tech municipal water system consultants. The city had directed the company to develop a master plan for Crestview’s water system. Improving service to the growing northwest quadrant enclosed by Old Bethel Road was one of Tetra Tech’s recommendations.

Bomar presented bids for the system’s two components, which he said came close to or below Tetra Tech engineers’ estimated cost.

Speegle Construction submitted the low bid, $2 million, for Part I, encompassing drilling the city’s new Well No. 9 and building a water tank for it.

However, Tetra Tech was able to strip from the bid “value engineering items … that we do not feel will decrease the level of service for this project,” Bomar stated in a letter to the city.

Removing items including a generator and its soundproofing enclosure, and providing a shingle roof instead of a metal roof on the well house, reduced the bid by $91,840.

Evans Contractors Inc., submitted the winning bid of $428,830 for Part II, the construction of a network of water mains. The council unanimously accepted both bids.

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