Miami ó Most of the Miami Town Councilís agenda Monday night centered around the sewer project.
The council voted to approve a contract amendment for $6,645 for archeological monitoring while excavation is being carried out for the projectís new grit separator. The presence of an archeologist is required by the EPA, which is funding part of the project. The USDA is expected to pay a portion of the archeologistís fee as well. Councilman Michael Black voted against the resolution.
The council also voted to approve a proposed sewer connection with the Cobre Valley Plaza. The plaza, which houses Judyís Cook House, has seen a number of new businesses take up residence recently. Under the proposal, plaza owners would pay for the necessary equipment for the hook up, which would then revert to the Miami to maintain.
The plaza has also requested an agreement with the proposed Tri-City sewer project, which is not yet able to provide the service.
Black voted against the resolution.
Mayor Rosemary Castaneda recommended appointment of two new members to the wastewater advisory board. The council unanimously supported the appointment of Ray Webb and Cal Doremi to the board.
A resolution allowing Town Manager Jerry Barnes to approve change orders associated with the sewer for under $10,000 met with a lot of controversy Monday night.
The present procedure requires that change orders be approved by Barnes, the council, the waste water advisory board, AMEC and the USDA before the contractor can proceed. For the complete article see the 09-11-2013 issue.
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