By Bill Short
The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has adopted a resolution authorizing a construction contract for the Millington Central High School/Wilkinsville Road drainage improvement project.
Board members took the action during their May 9 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Thomas McGhee and seconded by Alderman Mike Caruthers.
The motion was passed by five affirmative votes, with Aldermen Larry Dagen and Hank Hawkins absent.
The resolution states that the Fisher & Arnold engineering firm has designed drainage improvements to redirect storm water from north and east of MCHS to North Fork Creek and into Newport Channel.
The construction project was advertised for bids, which were received on May 4 from the following contractors:
Pro Site Construction LLC, $651,320.30
Argo Construction Corp., $887,640
Enscor LLC, $998,718
M & H Contractors LLC, $1,136,000
B & C Construction Co. Inc., $1,144,175
Because it determined that the low bid by Pro Site was “incomplete,” Fisher & Arnold recommended Argo as the “lowest and best” bid meeting specifications.
The resolution authorizes Mayor Terry Jones or City Manager Ed Haley to execute all documents necessary to complete the project, subject to approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins.
During discussion shortly before the vote, City Finance Director John Trusty said the project should eliminate recent problems caused by “large portions of water” flowing toward, under and into the high school.
He noted that it will take the water flow off the street between the high school and football stadium and divert it from Newport Channel to North Fork Creek. Additional “inlets” will also be installed on Wilkinsville Road.
“Right now,” Trusty said, “I think there’s one inlet on Wilkinsville before you get to the school, all the way up as far as Lowe’s. So, this is something that needed to be done a long time ago.”
While noting that the city has asked the Shelby County Commission to pay for the project, Caruthers wondered about the “likelihood” that it would do so.
Trusty said there has been “conversation” with the commission, but he was uncertain about the “current status” of the request. And Jones said the city was “just waiting for a response.”
When Alderman Frankie Dakin asked how adopting the resolution will affect the likelihood of Millington receiving “some of that support” from the commission, Haley said the city “can’t wait.”
He noted that he spoke with the commission chairman earlier that day and sent him a letter, which was forwarded to County Mayor Mark Luttrell.
“Hopefully, that will be approved,” Haley concluded. “But regardless, we’ve got to do the project.”