The city of Paris opened bids last week on two projects which are the first to be funded using proceeds from a one-cent sales tax increase approved last August.
The two projects involve work on sewer lines, according to Mayor Daniel Rogers.
The first project is enlarging a sewer line that runs from Dandridge Street to Cherry and then west to Harley Street and south to Main Street. The existing six-inch line will be replaced with an eight-inch line.
Three companies bid on the project. The apparent low bidder was M. Phillips Construction of Driggs, which bid $67,165. The other bidders were Forsgren, Inc. of Fort Smith, which bid $107,875, and Goodwin and Goodwin of Fort Smith, which bid $153,415.
Rogers said the project is expected to begin in two weeks and be completed within 30 days.
Rogers also said the project will solve several problems in that area.
“We’re upgrading that line because there’s been more development in that area,” Rogers said. “There are 12 houses in that section and there have been duplexes built on Dandridge and more are scheduled to be built. We’ve had several residents of that area complain about sewer service in that area and the bigger line will provide better service.”
Bid were also opened on a sewer line project on Kalamazoo Road.
The apparent low bidder was Forsgren, Inc. with a bid of $109,405. Goodwin and Goodwin offered a bid of $165,360.
The project entails the placement of 800 feet of a fiberglass line within an existing sewer pipe.
The work is scheduled to begin within three weeks and be completed within 35 days.
Rogers said the new pipe will stop water from infiltrating the existing pipe causing sewage to back up. The fiberglass pipe is being used so workers will not have to dig up the middle of the street to get to the existing pipe, Rogers said.
The city is also planning another water project this year.
“Bids will be taken later this year,” Rogers said.