City awards bid for $444,000

By: By Charles Warner -

UNION — A Union company has been awarded the contract to make more than $440,000 worth of improvements to the City of Union ‘s water and sewer systems.

During its August meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted to award the bid for the project to Smith Backhoe and Construction, LLC for $444,739.

The project includes:

• Installation of 1,140 lineal feet of 6” DIP water line and 2,868 lineal feet of 2” PVC water line.

• Water treatment plant backwash force main modification.

• Replacement of 62 lineal feet of 10” gravity sewer.

• Replacement of various water valves and hydrants.

Intergovernmental Agreement

Council also voted to approve second reading of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Harold Thompson to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Union County to allow the the county’s Animal Control officers to operate within the city’s municipal limits. The agreement will allow the county Animal Control officers to enforce the city’s animal control ordinance on behalf of the city.

The ordinance states that the city “acknowledges that Union County has the capability to provide” Union with code enforcement officers and provide this “vital service … with maximum cost efficiency.” It further states that the city had requested this “contractual arrangement” with the county so that the county could make code enforcement officers available to the city to enforce its animal ordinance.

Even as they are enforcing city’s animal ordinance within its municipal boundaries, the ordinance states that the animal control officers will still be employees of the county. It further states the city will compensate the county for providing it with these code enforcement officers. All fines levied within the municipal boundaries of Union will be retained by the city.
For water and sewer system improvements

By Charles Warner

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.