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City Council approves bid for booster pump station


January 26, 2020

The City of Alva has received a Department of Environmental Quality permit for installation of a new booster pump station replacing one currently on Oklahoma Boulevard at 14th Street. The booster station will include three 50-hp pumps with variable frequency drives. The Alva City Council acknowledged receipt of the permit during their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Mayor Kelly Parker was absent so Bo Hannaford, council president, took over his seat. Other council members attending were Connor Martin, Chris Eckhardt, Brandon Sherman, Mary Hamilton and Brian Wallis. Absent were Daniel Winters and Randy Stelling.

The Alva Airport Commission on Jan. 13 approved the city manager to sign a letter of intent for the construction of an ODALS (Omnidirectional Approach Light System) at the north end of the runway at the airport. The city council approved a contract amendment with CEC Corporation, the airport’s engineering firm, in the amount of $64,950 for construction of an ODALS in the amount of $64,950.

The Oklahoma Aeronautic Commission has a grant funds to pay for the project with the Alva Regional Airport being responsible for five percent as a match. The grant amount is approximately $350,000.

With the pending resignation of Lynn Hatfield, the city needed to appoint someone else as the authorized agent for the OMRF Retirement Plan. The council approved Angelica Brady to that position.

NWOSU Foundation CEO Allen Bird and NWOSU President Dr. Janet Cunningham spoke to the council as they presented the Fall 2019 Alva Incentive Scholarship invoice.

The council approved claims totaling $344,333.90 and payroll expenses of $297,563.54.

Utility Authority Approves Bid

The Alva Utility Authority, made up of council members, met after the council adjourned. They approved paying claims of $61,819.94 and payroll expenses of $85,185.09.

Three bids for the Oklahoma Blvd. booster pump project were opened on Jan. 9. The three ranged from $326,898 to $448,740. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $318,500.

After evaluation and discussion of bidder qualifications, it was recommended the city accept the lowest bid by Beytco, Inc. of Sapulpa as the lowest and best bid. City Business Manager Joe Don Dunham said the company installed the new chlorination station for the city’s water system and did good work on time and on budget.

He said the booster pump project is needed because the gravity fed water tank on the hill at Oklahoma and 14th doesn’t build enough pressure to circulate the water. It just sits in the tank and stagnates. The water will have to be drained, the tank cleaned and the water refilled to use the new booster pumps.

Dunham said money for the project will come from the approximately $950,000 remaining in the water projects loan money from bonds. There will still be funds left that can be used to pay off the bonds or used for other water system needs. He said the city should look closely at water lines and transmission lines downhill from the booster pumps. The aging lines may not be able to handle the increased pressure.

Once started, Beytco will have 180 days to complete the project. Hamilton made a motion to accept the Beytco bid, seconded by Sherman, and it passed unanimously.

Economic Development Pays Scholarship Bill

The same members met as the Alva Economic Development Authority. They voted to pay claims of $32,418.36 and payroll expenses of $19,111.25.

The invoice of $265,734.03 for the 2019 Fall Semester Scholarship billing was approved. The funds for the scholarships come from a half percent sales tax collected by the city.

A video of the meetings may be seen at


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