Del. company to study Manchester water system

January 12, 1994|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Town Council voted unanimously last night to award a $13,500 contract to Tatman & Lee Associates Inc., for an engineering study of the town water system.

The company is based in Delaware.

Members of the town staff, had recommended that the council accept Tatman & Lee's bid, the third-lowest received. There were 11 bids, ranging from $8,400 to $61,417.

Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said the $8,400 bid did not meet project specifications.

Steve Miller, superintendent of the town water and wastewater system, said Tatman & Lee has useful experience dealing with spray-application systems such as the one used in the town's sewage treatment plant.

The council budgeted $5,000 for the study last year. Town Manager Terry Short recommended that the rest be paid out of a contingency fund, which he said contains $104,000.

Also last night, Pat Bowling, a resident of Wood Drive, asked why the town had stopped plowing snow from Wood Drive after 26 years.

Mr. Short said the street is a common-use driveway and is not the town's responsibility.

If the town plowed Wood Drive, he said, residents of each of more than 100 common-use driveways in town could demand that the town plow them.

Area resident Kathi Shaffer said the Carroll County road inventory lists Wood Drive as a town street.

In a discussion that became heated, Ms. Bowling and Ms. Shaffer said Mr. Short had not returned their phone calls.

Mr. Short said he could not return every call he receives.

The Town Council voted to have Wood Drive plowed for the rest of the winter and to look into the matter further before next winter.

The council then heard a complaint from Al Minton of Park Drive, who said the town should not have stopped plowing the right of way that leads to his driveway.

Mayor Warehime said he would have the town staff plow the right of way but that he would have to investigate the matter further.

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