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CityofColmenseilBy Mollie LaSalle
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COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council held their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday with mayor pro-tem Bubba Sheffield presiding.

Stephen West, with Leavins Engineering and Design was present to update council on some change orders for the TDA CDV 21-0272 Water and Street Improvement Grant on North Pitzer street. West explained that one of the change orders (#2) dealt with the fact that the exact location of the existing water line was unknown. The change order located the water line; the stopping point was underneath the pavement, so Keith Barnes, the city’s utilities director and other city employees, decided it would be best if West’s team extended it another 120 feet to get it to where the connection is made outside. This gets all of the project from underneath the road so repairs can be made and the city won’t have to tear up the road in the future.

City Secretary Wendy Bendy stated, “the change order # 1 came about when the engineers came from across the highway, they hit a concrete slab right where the water line was going to be installed, and they had to remove it. The county removed it, and picked it up, incurring no cost to the city. Right now, the city must pay $10,200.00 for the 120-foot extension, which will come out of city funds. Council approved both change orders, and the project continues.

In other business, Bendy advised council that their current internet provider, (Windstream) had gone up on their bill, which is normally around $355 to $378. She had been contacted by a representative from Spectrum, and they have a deal where the first year would be $150 a month, they could keep the same phone numbers, fax lines, everything. They would have the option of two phone lines, and high-speed speed fiber optic internet. Year two charges would average out to $200, and year three would cap out at $210. After a little discussion, council opted to change over from Windstream to Spectrum.

In other business, all reports and minutes from January were approved in short order, and council adjourned.

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