Wheaton Council approves request

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Wheaton City Council approved a pay request from J. Johnson Construction at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 5.

In January, the construction company, which is based in Rogers, Ark., was hired to complete water line upgrades as a portion of the city's $1.2 million drinking water system improvement project.

The project calls for the replacement of 23,300 feet of six-inch water line, 2,100 feet of four-inch water line and all water meters throughout the city.

Earlier this year, the city also selected All-State Tank, of Grove, Okla., for the construction of a new 101,500-gallon standpipe storage tank, which will be placed on the east edge of the city limits near the Wheaton School.

In July, the aldermen approved a $159,067.75 pay request from J. Johns Construction. The company has completed around 5 percent of the water line improvements.

All-State Tank plans to begin installing the standpipe in September.

In other business, the Wheaton City Council:

* Approved a dangerous buildings ordinance.

* Asked David Cole, city attorney, to research a fireworks sales ordinance and an ordinance that could be used to govern the conversion of commercial businesses into residential dwellings.

* Received a clean audit report from Marshall Decker, of Decker and DeGood.

* Voted to sell natural gas to poultry operations with the stipulation that the bill must be paid in full after every flock of birds is sold.

* Directed Marianne Witt, city clerk, to send letters to three businesses located on Main Street regarding the height of weeds growing in the back of the stores.

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