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Wheaton Council updated on water project

Friday, February 10, 2012

On Dec. 12, 2011, the Wheaton City Council received an update on the city's $1.2 million drinking water improvement project.

Jerry McBride, city employee who was hired as the water project inspector in August of 2011, recommended the city install new meters at 176 locations and only replace meter tiles at those locations if the tiles are damaged. Tiles serve as meter covers.

The aldermen approved McBride's recommendation.

Wheatons's water system improvement project plan 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.

Last year, J. Johnson Construction, of Rogers, Ark., was hired to install the new water lines and meters. All-State Tank, of Grove, Okla., was selected for the construction of a new 101,500-gallon standpipe storage tank at the east edge of the city limits near the Wheaton School.

After receiving the update from McBride, the aldermen also voted to replace two of the six two-inch water meters located at the school and the Country N.

In other business, Mayor Donnie Powell reported that Jack Schlessman is interested in renting the VFW Hall for karaoke once or twice each month. The council decided to charge $40 per night for use of the hall.

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Wheaton to purchase lumber yard

By Lindsay Reed

The Wheaton City Council voted to enter a lease purchase agreement for the acquisition of the lumber yard property located behind the Wheaton Fire Station at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 8, 2011.

The city will be responsible for paying the property taxes and insurance on the building located on the property.

According to Marianne Witt, city clerk, the Wheaton City Council plans to open the building on the property to the public as a community building.

"The council doesn't have a set date when the building will open, but we do know that it is not going to take a lot of work to prepare it," said Witt. "It is in really good shape. We will probably just need to add some furnishings, and it will be ready for a party."

The remaining portion of the property will be used as a storage area for city vehicles and equipment.

In other business, the Wheaton City Council:

* Heard that the Wheaton Street Machines group plans to repair the water fountain in the Wheaton City Park.

* Discussed a meeting with the Wheaton Special Road District. Currently, the district does not have available funding to assist with city paving projects.

* Received an update on the water project. A change order will be needed for a new control box for the water pumps. New wiring will be required to install the box.

* Heard that eight poultry houses will be added to the city's natural gas service.



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