Council approves contracts for Strawberry water tower

The Sweet Home City Council awarded bids to construct a water tank in the Strawberry Heights area during its regular meeting on June 12.

The council awarded contracts with Morse Brothers of Tangent, $252,765, and Western Tank and Pipe of Portland, $104,700, for the project.

In March 1992, the City of Sweet Home began analyzing the potential need of placing a water tank in the west end of town to serve its water customers in the Strawberry Heights area, Public Works Director Mike Adams said. A primary goal of such a project was to create consistent and reliable water flows, both in volume and in pressure, to meet current and future residential needs and provide appropriate fire flows.

The new tank will improve fire flows, improve static pressure at water meters in the area, provide water during power outages and improve pump station efficiency.

In 1994-95, the city started planning for land acquisition and purchased the land in 1999. Engineering and design work were completed and the city received a conditional use permit from Linn County in 1989-99.

The project will take place in two parts. The first part will provide waterline and access from the road to the reservoir site and construct the pump station, telemetry, electrical additions, reservoir vault and complete reservoir site work and excavation including fencing. This portion will be handled by Morse Brothers.

The second part of the project includes the concrete base pad, piping to the reservoir from the vault and erection of the reservoir. Western Tank and Pipe will complete this portion of the project.

Other bidders included Morse Brothers for the second phase at $114,000. Western Tank and Pipe did not bid on the first part of the project. Both were low bidders.

Stettler Supply Company of Salem bid $261,836 for the first phase and $116,400 for the second.

Western Oregon Excavation bid $265,000 for the first part of the project and did not bid on the second.

An engineer’s estimate on the project was $236,544 and $93,500.

“Morse Brothers is a reputable company and can easily handle the work,” Public Engineer Jon E. Erwin told Adams. “Western Tank has considerable experience in reservoir erection.”

Western Tank and Pipe has constructed tanks in Oregon for Butte Falls, Tenmile School in Winston, Crescent, Terrebonne, Wasco and LaPine in the past three years.

The project is located in the county to the west of Strawberry Ridge Dr. off of Nandina Street and Strawberry Loop. The access road will enter Sweet Home at the intersection of Strawberry Ridge Drive and Nandina Street.

Present at the meeting were Mayor Craig Fentiman and councilmen Bob McIntire, Tim McQueary, Jim Gourley, Jim Bean and Dick Hill.

In other business, the council:

–After considering possible amendments to its council code of ethics and conduct, left the document unchanged.

–Adopted a resolution urging the Oregon State Legislature to observe the right of self-government for Oregon cities and to refrain from pre-empting local control on all matters best decided by local self-determination.

–Held the first reading of an ordinance amendment for clarification of the transient occupancy tax. The changes will specifically include spaces in an RV park as taxable.

KOA owner Jeri Reynolds challenged the city’s right to charge the tax on her RV spaces and urged the council to clarify its ordinance.

–Approved, in concept, designation of Highway 228 from Interstate 5 to Sweet Home and Highway 20 from Sweet Home to Highway 126 as a state scenic highway.