Water system improvements are one step closer for the residents of Butterfield, after city council members approved bids for construction to begin at their March meeting.
Council members issued a contract to Harper Drilling, out of Clinton, to begin drilling the new well, with the contract for construction of the distribution system awarded to Lathrop Construction Inc., of Nevada.
A pre-construction date of May 24 has been slated for the project.
Funding for the $1.6 million project comes through $500,000 in grant funding from Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The grant will be used in conjunction with a $378,000 low-interest loan and a $572,000 grant that the city has already received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The City of Butterfield has also invested $200,000 in bond money for the project.
The funds will provide for a new well, well house, 19,000 feet of replacement water lines and the repair of roadways that are impacted by the project.
Aldermen also approved setting up designated accounts at Freedom Bank for the water system project.
In other business, council members approved a contract for auditing services from The CPA Group of Monett. The estimate for the audit ranges between $4,750 and $6,750.