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Water tank construction wrapping up


September 23, 2018

The Young Street water storage tank and booster pump station were nearly complete when the Alva City Council met Monday, Sept. 17. City Business Manager Joe Don Dunham said the in-service date for the project was postponed to Sept. 19 due to delay in the delivery of some parts, four valves needed for the booster pump. The contractors were also waiting for OG&E to install the electrical for the pump station.

He reported the storage tank was 95 percent full and testing on the water was starting. Demobilization of the project was still planned for Sept. 21. The next project progress meeting is scheduled for Oct. 2, and the owner training will be held Oct. 3 or 4.

East Alva Sewer Line

Construction on the east Alva sewer line started on Aug. 21 but has been moving slowly mostly due to weather conditions. Dunham said a progress meeting is planned before the end of September.

City Hall HVAC

A pre-construction conference was held on Sept. 4 for the City Hall heating and air project. The contract start date is Sept. 5 with a 150-day completion date of Feb. 1, 2019.

The contract was signed for the bid amount of $298,000 but the city is still looking at possible changes to bring the project more in-line with budget expectations. Any changes will be done with change orders.

The project will require the city office to be moved across the street to the Professional Building. Dunham said quotes to move the computer equipment and hardware is minimal at $3,030. Inmate labor will be used to move furnishings.

Swimming Pool

Two council committees, Finance and Parks and Buildings, were to meet after the council meeting to discuss how to proceed on repairs needed for the municipal swimming pool. The WPA-constructed pool was closed by the health department in August. Dunham said he talked with two companies about the project, and bringing the pool into compliance will probably cost between $1.5 and $2.5 million.

The pool needs extensive work now and for a couple of years, said Mayor Kelly Parker. “We’re still getting a handle on all the challenges.”

Downtown Drainage

After looking into ways to channel rainwater that drains down the hill into the downtown business area, Dunham said there may be some grant funding available to help divert the water. The city might be able to apply for an Oklahoma Department of Transportation grant. It would be an 80-20 grant with Alva paying 20 percent of the cost. The project would be handled by ODOT including bidding and overseeing construction.

Strategic Land Use Plan

Dunham said the city needs to develop a strategic land use plan. The land use (zoning) plan was developed in the 1970s and is in need of an update. He said he’ll be discussing this with the council committees.

Nuisance Complaints

Since Aug. 20, the city has addressed 15 nuisance building cases. One already declared a nuisance last year is being schedule for demolition. Notices have been sent to three property owners. In addition, letters have been sent to about 12 houses.

City Jobs

The city has added two new sanitation employees and one new grounds maintenance person at the recreation complex.

The city has been taking applications for a code enforcement officer. However, they are also discussing the idea of contracting with a consulting company to cover those duties.


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