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Covered Bridge work approved

September 9th, 2011 11:09 am by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton City Council honored retiring Elizabethton Planning Commission Director David Ornduff for his more than 40 years of public service during Thursday’s monthly meeting.
Mayor Curt Alexander and City Manager Fred Edens presented Ornduff with a plaque and Alexander issued a proclamation honoring Ornduff “for his 45 years of selfless, honorable and committed public service to the city of Elizabethton, the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission and the planning field.”
The proclamation said Ornduff had served the city for 28 years, the planning commission for 31 years and the planning field for 45 years.
The council also unanimously approved one of the final projects Ornduff has been working on — repairs and refurbishment of the Covered Bridge. On Thursday, the council approved the awarding of the project to low bidder Allegheny Restoration and Builders.
The bid amount was $301,158.34. The funding for the project, except for city matching funds, comes from a federal Highway Administration grant.
The council approved several other bids during the meeting. The largest was a project to construct a new 69-kilovolt overhead power line between Hatcher Lane to Hampton as part of the Hampton Substation rebuild.
Davis H. Elliott Construction Co. of Lexington, Ky., was the low bidder at $3,495,700. The city has previous experience with Elliott, which completed the Lynn Avenue project.
The council also approved a bid from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories of Pullman, Wash., of $567,837 for a prefabricated control house and equipment for the Hampton Substation rebuild.
The council also approved the low bid from Blake Stout Construction Co. of Mountain City to provide grading of the site at the Hampton Substation rebuild. Blake also did the grading work at the Milligan and Winner substations.
Financing from the projects comes from a $25 million bond taken out last year ago to complete the rebuilds of the Elizabethton Electric System substations that had not yet been rebuilt.
In other matters, the council honored the Elizabethton Wastewater Department for its receiving the Operational Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year from the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association.
In recognition of the award, Alexander called two wastewater department employees for recognition: Ron Merritt, who has been with the city for 14 years and serves as a construction crew chief, and Sean Bowers, who has been with the city for three years and holds the second-highest certification level possible in the state. Bowers is a wastewater treatment plant operator.

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