During a July 7 meeting of the Jasper City Council, Utility Development Director Lonnie Waters shared details of a plan to enlarge a water main on Liberty Lane in order to accommodate a residential expansion of the Highland Rivers facility, and improve water service within the area.
The city will oversee and build the line and Global Restoration, a commercial construction company, will, in large part, ‘pick up the tab’.
The project includes a 2,500 foot expansion extending to Refuge Road. Waters expects the project to be completed by “early August” and told the council that 80 percent of the easements (legal permission to construct on residents’ property) had already been secured.
The project is expected to cost $22,933.00.
Costs include a fire hydrant, pipe and fitting.
The city negotiated a larger size main (8 inch rather than 6 inch) in return for a reduction on the percentage they customarily charge for labor.
Given that the water infrastructure in the area needed to be expanded in any case, Jasper Mayor, John Weaver, called the project a “win win” [for both the city and the Highland Rivers].
Global Restoration has provided the city with a deposit of $10,000.00 in order to secure the project.
The project is needed, in part, to comply with a regulation requiring that the residential facility have overhead sprinklers in the event of a fire.
The facility will provide housing for as many as 18 mental patients receiving court-ordered treatment.
Currently, the area water is provided by a 4 inch main line which, in some areas, is reduced to a 2 inch line.