Seligman moves forward with water study

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Joplin company chosen as 
engineering firm

After almost a year of research, preparation and negotiation, the city of Seligman selected an engineer to complete a water system study and is forging ahead with its original goals of updating and improving the city's water system infrastructure.

The study has been mailed to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is awaiting approval.

"We chose Olsson [Associates, of Joplin]," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "We gave everyone a fair shake, and it came down to who we had experience with and who stepped up their game. We went through and evaluated everyone based on references and the Missouri Municipal League and Missouri Cities, a city clerk forum. City employees can get on the site and bounce questions back and forth. There were a lot of excellent reviews, so it was a tough call.

"Olsson came down a lot, answered lot of questions and spent a lot a lot of time with us, verses other companies that charged us for the same things. They've been very devoted so far. So we're just waiting to hear from DNR that it's a go and from there, we'll tell Olsson to get started."

Nichols said the study will take the better part of six months and about 800 man-hours to complete.

Along with completing the water study as originally planned, the engineering firm also recommended evaluating the city's water supply wells and well houses to see if anything can be improved upon and the city's water tower, which Anderson Engineering advised replacing in 2007. Olsson will also evaluate the city's distribution system lines, meters, the controls for wells which fill the water tower, water rates and water system budget.

"We were informed that there were funds in DNR's budget so it wouldn't hurt to put the additional things in which they [Olsson] will go ahead and do while they are at it," Nichols said. "That way, it will be a more detailed and in-depth study."

After previously being denied, the city was approved for a 100 percent grant by the DNR in the amount of $29,500 to complete a water system study analysis.

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