UNION — The City of Union is undertaking water system and sewer system improvement projects totaling just under $1.1 million.
During it November meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to award bids for water storage tank maintenance and for engineering services for sewer system improvements.
Water Tank Maintenance
The bid for water storage maintenance was awarded to Utility Service Co. Inc. of Perry, Ga. for $1,015,825.
Under the terms of the contract, the company will maintain and rehabilitate four elevated water tanks and one standpipe over the next four years.
The facilities covered by the project are the 400,000-gallon Church Street Tank, 600,000-gallon Aqua Lane Tank, 400,000-gallon Water Treatment Plant Standpipe, 1 million-gallon Oak Grove Road Tank, and the 75,000-gallon Sims Middle School Standpipe.
Under the terms of the contract, the company will conduct inspections of the facilities, clean and paint those in need of painting, and maintain them for the duration of the contract.
The bid for sewer system improvements was awarded to Summit Engineering for $55,000.
The project will involve sewer system improvements in the Foster Street area.
In other business, council voted unanimously to approve second reading of an ordinance amending the city code governing the appointment and term of service of the Municipal Judge.
The amendment was proposed by Mayor Harold Thompson who said the amendment was necessary to bring the city code in compliance with the state code governing municipal courts.
The amendment states that the municipal court shall be presided over by a municipal judge appointed by city council for a term of not less than two and not more than four years or until a successor is appointed and qualified. It also states that the compensation the municipal judge will receive during their term of service will be fixed by council at the time of their appointment.
“Operation Stocking Stuffer”
Council also voted unanimously to authorize the city to make a $600 “investment” in WBCU’s “Operation Stocking Stuffer.”
Operation Stocking Stuffer is an annual promotion by WBCU which donates and delivers hats, gloves, and socks to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
As part of that effort, WBCU offers local businesses the opportunity to “invest” in it by making either a $900 or $600 investment.
Companies that invest $900 are designated “Angels” and are given 100 30-second commercials, promotional announcements, and items and cards delivered in their name by WBCU.
Those that invest $600 are designated “Trees” and are given 50 30-second commercials, promotional announcements, and have items and cards delivered in their name by WBCU.
Mayor Pro Tem
Council voted 6-1 to reelect Councilman Robert Garner as Mayor Pro Tem
In accordance with state law and city code, council must elect a Mayor Pro Tem to serve for a term of not more than two years. The election of Mayor Pro Tem is held at council’s first meeting after a new council is elected.
The Mayor Pro Tem serves as Mayor during the Mayor’s absence or disability. If a vacancy occurs in the Office of Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem serves as Mayor until a successor is elected.
Regular city council meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, but council voted unanimously to reschedule its December meeting.
In recommending the change, Thompson said that if held according to the regular schedule, council’s December meeting would be held on Dec. 20 during the week of Christmas.
Council voted to move the December meeting up to Dec. 6.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.