RUSSELLVILLE -- The Russellville Town Council accepted a bid for the town water filtration project on Monday, several months removed from the first attempt at a bidding process.
Spear Corp., Roachdale, was awarded the project with a bid of $106,680.
The project is being paid for with a loan from Tri-County Bank, which council president Don Reddish said was borrowed on an extremely low interest rate.
Reddish said the filtration project has become of increased importance recently with the current system "completely gave out."
Spear Corp. general manager Bob Davis represented the company at the meeting and said Spear intends to begin the project as soon as possible, likely in the next two weeks.
"We have to keep that old plant going, because that's our only water source," Reddish said. "The quicker we can get this done, the quicker we can divert that water tower."
The town recently discussed a bid to paint the inside of the water tower.
In conjunction with the ongoing water main and metering project, the town will soon have an entirely new or refurbished water infrastructure.
Although the Spear bid was accepted because it was the lowest available bid, Russellville water superintendent Mike Varvel said he has experience working with the company and he is very comfortable Spear will be able to perform to expectations.
Materials will be purchased from Puritan Water Conditioning Inc. Crawfordsville.
"We'll have local people (working)," Russellville clerk-treasurer DeVon Davis said. "The money stays right here. If we have any issues, they're right here."
The project will rebuild the town filter and building, which is located near the north well.
After the bid acceptance, the council, Bob Davis and engineer Robert Curry held an impromptu construction meeting.
"Ninety-nine percent of the problems in the world are communication problems," Curry said. "What I've determined in the construction world is, if there's a problem and we can talk about it, we can solve it."
With the difficulties it took to get the filtration project under way, the town will surely appreciate avoiding any problems during construction.