Wheaton Council updated on water project

Tuesday, February 14, 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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