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Board approves contracts for drainage system, right-of-way acquisition on West Union Road

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved contracts for a new storm water drainage system and right of way acquisition along West Union Road.
Board members took the actions during their April 13 regular monthly meeting by adopting separate resolutions.
Millington has received a Community Development Block Grant from the state of Tennessee to replace damaged drain culverts, open channels and construct a new underground storm water drainage system along West Union Road west of Wilkinsville Road.
The first resolution states that, at a March 23 special called meeting, the board approved Kimley-Horn & Associates of Memphis as the engineering consultant for the project.
But it notes that the original contract for $11,500 covered only “data collection and field survey activities.” Those resulted in delivery of a topographic survey of the project corridor and identification of “impacted” property owners.
So, the board chose to enter into an “amended” contract with Kimley-Horn for additional services, including design and project management during construction, for an amount not to exceed $106,000.
A motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Thomas McGhee to adopt the first resolution was passed by six affirmative votes, with Alderman Chris Ford absent.
The second resolution states that construction for the project will require the acquisition of new right of way and easements for as many as 24 properties.
It notes that the city must obtain them in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.
So, the board chose to enter into a $24,000 contract with Steve Tacker, an independent consultant in Memphis, to negotiate for and acquire the rights of way or easements. That will include establishing per-square-foot values, Right of Entry forms and W-9 forms, as well as preparing and recording documents.
A motion offered by McGhee and seconded by Alderman Bethany Huffman to adopt the second resolution was also passed by six affirmative votes.
Both resolutions authorize Mayor Terry Jones or City Manager Ed Haley to sign the contracts upon approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins.
During an interview after the meeting, City Engineer Darek Baskin said the CDBG funding is approximately $650,000 for the drainage improvements.
He noted that, each time it rains, the ditches along West Union west of Wilkinsville are “overwhelmed” with water. Because the “drive culverts” are undersized and “silted in,” the water rises quickly, and the Public Works Department has to clean out the culverts.
Baskin said the ditches will be eliminated, and underground pipes will be placed in the area. The easements from the property owners are required in order to lay the pipes.
“It will be an inconvenience for awhile, due to the construction,” he acknowledged. “But we believe that this will improve the property there, and it’ll certainly improve the drainage.”
Baskin noted that he, Kimley-Horn and Tacker will be “working closely” to make this a successful project.
“In the next week or so, we’ll be sending letters to every property owner in the area, so that they are fully aware of what’s going on,” he concluded. “And they’ll know that we’re not going to do any work out there until we’ve talked to them.”

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