Cookeville’s design for the Mine Lick Creek Waterline Project has been completed and is ready for mandatory state review.
Cookeville Director Of Water Quality Control Barry Turner said that the design will be submitted soon to begin the bidding process. Turner said that this schedule affords Cookeville time to get the work laid out and anticipate expenses. Turner said most of the funds will be coming out of next year’s city budget.
“We probably won’t even bid the project until near Spring,” Turner said. “So we’re looking at least probably a year from the Spring to get it in.”
Turner said that the current water line was acquired from the Double Springs Utility District. Turner said the problem lays with some current pipes being four-inches, while fire hydrants are only able to be attached on six-inch and larger water lines. Turner said that new water line will be greater than six-inches in order to further encourage development in the city.
Turner said that bids will likely be advertised for about three weeks after receiving state approval. Turners said after evaluating bids they must be approved by the city council before documents can be sent to contractors.
“We would give the contractor the notice to proceed and as he would get his materials in we would inspect all of his work as it goes in,” Turners said. “He would tie the customers over to the new line after it’s complete and tested.”
Turners said the documents take about two weeks to send out after which it takes about a month to gather materials.
“I think that it’s about a million dollars to do that line,” Turner said. “It all depends on the footage.”