The City of Grenada’s large water project was addressed last week after bids were returned for the multi-million dollar project to upgrade its infrastructure.
The lowest bid for $11 million was submitted by Greenbriar Digging for two phases of the project. For the first phase, Greenbriar bid $8.74 million and for the second phase they bid $230,000.
The work for the project will include newly constructed wells on Bryant Street, Green Street as well as the well in the Stonebridge Community.
Ward 1 City Councilman Warren Cox made the motion to table the matter that will likely be discussed during the June 14 council meeting. Cox’s motion followed by a second from Ward 6 City Councilman Larry Vance. The vote to table passed unanimously at 7-0.
The $11 million water improvement will be paid through an increase in the city’s water rates. This would be the only alternative other than the repaying the money through sales tax receipts.
“We have to move forward with providing the best quality of water in the city to our citizens,” Mayor Billy Collins said. “That’s one of the things that I want to see is provided to the folks in Grenada — good water.”
For years, the city has been plagued by its aging water infrastructure, which has resulted in a number of line breaks and discolored water.
“We have a number of wells that need that attention and to be frank, need a facelift,” Collins said. “We have shallow wells that really need that help.”
The city submitted their plan to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Project Manager for the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program helps ensure that the nation’s drinking water supplies remain safe and affordable, that drinking water systems that receive funding will be properly operated.
The Improvements Revolving Loan Fund Program is intended to provide low interest loan funding to counties, municipalities, districts and other water organizations that are tax exempt for the construction of new water systems, the expansion or repair of existing water systems or the consolidation of new or existing water systems.