Public Works Commissioner Anthony "Skip" Scirocco said that he will place a motion to contract Highlander for the job on his agenda at the Tuesday, Sept. 1, City Council meeting, and that he fully expects the project will be underway before the year is out.
Both the vote to create the water district and award the contract were unanimous among the four commissioners present. Mayor Scott Johnson was not at Tuesday's meeting, so Ivins ran the meeting and read a statement from Johnson that said he had to be out of town to enroll his son in college on Wednesday.
In other business, the City Council also awarded bids for two other city projects.
DiSignore Blacktop Paving was awarded a $2.6 million contract to make improvements to Church Street. The project has received funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and the city has expressed a desire to start work in the coming months.
Iota Construction was awarded a $668,600 contract to make improvements to the Geyser Crest Well Field, and Stilsing Electric was awarded a $38,000 contract for related work there.
The city has under December to make improvements to the field or the Department of Health will place the Geyser Crest neighborhood under a permanent boil water order. The department questions the water's safety, saying it does not come in contact with chlorine.