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Work planned on water, sewer plants

Several new projects are on the horizon in the New Year in Thomson.

One of those is upgrading the city's water plant on the Augusta Highway, Mayor Kenneth Usry told city council Dec. 9.

Before beginning the bidding process, city officials will have to select an engineering firm to draw up final plans and specifications, according to City Administrator Don Powers. A request seeking bid quotes was sent out last week. The deadline for receiving those bid quotes is Tuesday, Jan. 11.

An engineering firm must also be selected to develop final plans and specifications for upgrades to the city's wastewater treatment plant, Mr. Powers noted in his council report.

Phase 1 of that project would include a digester. City officials were expected to send that information out sometime this week.

In the near future, city officials also plan to select an engineering firm to draw up final plans and specifications for additional sewer rehabilitation work. Those upgrades are needed to reduce infiltration.

The Pitt Street Drainage Project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant, is under way on Cherry Street, Mr. Powers said. The project is headed north, toward Rosewood Street.

"We've added some additional drainage work south, towards Forrest Clary Drive," Mr. Powers told council members.

Within the next year or two, upgrades also are planned for the city's gas system, the city administrator said.

In his report to city officials, Mr. Powers also praised department heads' spending this year.

Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2010

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