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Plano City Council OKs contract for well maintenance work

City to use grant funds to help pay for new emergency siren

Plano City Council members approved a request from Nate Ballard, director of public works and city engineer, for maintenance work to be done on the city's Well No. 4 during their meeting Monday, Jan. 13.

In a memo to the council, Ballard said the pump has to be removed from the well and rebuilt.

Mayor Bob Hausler asked the council to waive bidding on the work and that it be done by Layne Christian of Aurora at a cost estimated to be $54,200. This firm has done all the well work for the city, he added.

Hausler said this amount is only an estimate because the firm will not know the actual cost until the well equipment is pulled out and tested to determine the work needed.

Council members also approved Ballard's request to spend $7,900 to have a new variable frequency drive installed by Energenees for Well No. 4.

The city also received a $5,000 Safe Community grant from

In other business:

*Al Diaz of Enbridge Energy presented a $5,000 Safe Community Grant to the city.

Diaz said his firm is the largest pipeline company in North America and makes the grants available to communities along the route of its pipeline. Diaz said he works in the operations and maintenance support of the pipeline.

Bob Hausler accepted the grant and said it would be applied toward the purchase of an additional emergency siren for the city.

Hausler also told council members his annual coffee with the mayor is set for Jan. 25 at the Plano Community Library from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Area residents can stop in an talk to the mayor during this time he said.

*Hausler also noted that his annual Fishing with the Mayor event had been set  for Jan. 18 but since there is no ice, he moved it to Saturday, Feb. 1 at Foli Park on South Street.

"We should have more winter-like weather coming up. Hopefully the ice will be good on Feb 1 for the event which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.," he said. 

*City Clerk Kathleen Miller told council members that the city's income from the state for sales and other taxes received in October was $155,709. She said this was an increase of $15,479 for the same time in the previous year.

She also noted that the city received $988,784 in motor fuel tax allotments and transactions for November 2019.

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