BEEVILLE – Beeville Water Supply District board members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to have Urban Engineering prepare specifications for repairs and maintenance on the million-gallon clearwell at the George P. Morrill, I Water Treatment Plant.
Stephen Grunewald of Urban said the city had budgeted $275,000 for the project. Board President Jim Crumrine asked why the job would cost that much.
“It’s just a big concrete tank,” he said.
The engineer explained that the structure holds a million gallons of water. He said the tank will have to be sandblasted, inspected to determine what needs to be repaired and then repainted.
Crumrine said he was aware that the sandblasting would be expensive, especially because some filtering equipment at the plant site would need to be protected from the sand.
“Do we have the money?” Crumrine asked City Finance Director Caron Vela.
She and Grunewald explained that the district still had $547,000 left over from a recent bond sale. He also said it may be possible that the project will cost less than the amount budgeted for it. That will depend on the amount contractors list on their job proposals.
Earlier in the meeting, Crumrine asked Vela if she could conduct an internal audit of the district’s financial situation.
He said he had doubts that the district had $900,000 in available funds and cited a number of projects that had been initiated recently that had to be funded.
Vela said she would look into the finances and report on her findings later.
Also earlier, the board approved having Mercer Controls of Edna continue quarterly inspections of district equipment.
The board also voted to pay Mercer $6,280 for inspections conducted between February and September.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.