Plano City Council members approved work on the Kristen Street filtration plant and the Foli Park lift station on the recommendation of Nate Bullard, public works director and city engineer, during a meeting April 8.
The council authorized Bullard to waive competitive bidding on the filtration plant and approved hiring Whittaker Construction and Excavation Inc., as the project manager for the filter plant upgrade project at a cost not to exceed $444,500.
They also approved waiving competitive bidding for the pump and control purchase for the Foli Park lift station and approved purchasing pumps and controls for the life station from Xylem at a cost of $106,211.
And the council accepted Bullard’s recommendation to waive bidding for the rebuilding or retrofitting the aqua guard and bar filter at Foli Park.
He said he plans to purchase the self-cleaning equipment for $59,518.
Council members also approved Bullard’s recommendation to purchase rock salt for the 2019-20 winter season for an amount not to exceed $60,000.
In other business, Michael Welz, told City Council members the city’s community garden contributed 6,500 pounds of fresh produce to the Kendall County Community Food Pantry last year.
He said fresh produce is something the pantry does not always have, but from July through October the gardeners are supplying the pantry with fresh goods.
“We are back this year, asking for your continued support with the usage of water and the pickup of garbage and compost,” he told council members.
Welz added they have a special request this year that not only will help the gardeners, but remove a hazard they often face. He explained that for the past eight years, the gardeners have had to run a hose across the road to water the garden. This meant someone had to watch for cars as they cross back and forth across the road to turn the water on and off.
“As we continue to grow, we are looking to minimize this risk. We are asking if the city can run a water line under the road to a lockable frost-proof hydrant,” he said.
Mayor Bob Hausler thanked Welz and the other gardeners for their contributions and said he would refer the water line request to the city’s water department to see if it is feasible.