February 12, 2014 9:51:45 AM
MILLPORT, Ala. -- The Millport Town Council is one step closer to beginning work on its city sewer system.
However, the announcement Monday of the favorite to lead engineering of the overdue repairs was met with skepticism by one of the town's councilmen.
Mayor Icie Wriley delivered news that CFM Group of Tuscaloosa was selected from a pool of just two engineering firms for the $350,000 project that will improve the city's waste water treatment plant, which includes a system of lagoons that currently must be aerated by hand.
Councilman Tim Fields expressed skepticism over CFM's credentials, alluding to a prior job the company had performed on a basin used to keep iron out of the city's supply of water.
"We've been four years down the road with (CFM)", Fields said. "I'm about tired of fooling with them."
Town clerk Lynette Ogden said the basin was never completed.
Wriley assured the council that before CFM was selected, she spoke with the firm's management about past issues and was assured a quality job this time around.
The selection process entails a checklist of city benchmarks and expectations, each with its own weight in the final selection. Money isn't discussed until the firm officially bids on the job.
The city will fund the project with grant monies from the Alabama Department of Economic Community Affairs.
In other news, Wriley announced Waste Management garbage containers are available for pickup at the company's office in Vernon. Pickup of the free containers runs through Feb. 28. Proof of residency in the Millport city limits is required for pickup.
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