Westminster awards $1.03 million contract for new water plant


A Pennsylvania company won the contract to build a treatment facility for a new well that is expected to add 300,000 gallons a day to Westminster's water supply.

Johnston Construction Co. of Dover, Pa., won with a bid of about $1.03 million for the Carfaro well in the Furnace Hills area, said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planing and public works. The project is covered in the city's capital budget.

The small building is expected to take about nine months to complete. The project will include a filtration facility, pipes, valves and a small treatment plant, which will feed the city system.

The system serves about 8,000 residential and commercial accounts."We try to get at least 100,000 gallons a day," Beyard said, to justify the expense.

In other business Monday night, the Westminster Common Council approved its $17 million budget for the next fiscal year after voting to increase its contribution from $10,000 to $45,000 toward a new public-access cable network, known as PEG. The program would give separate channels to each town, to county government and various public agencies.

To offset this increase, the council reduced planning money for possible new city office space from $100,000 to $65,000 in the fiscal 2001 spending plan.

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