Pump project for Rec Center passes

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Lewisburg City Council cleared the way for a new pump system at the Lewisburg Recreation Center at their work session on Monday evening.

The council scheduled a special called meeting following the work session, which is not a meeting where votes can be taken, in order to vote on the project.

Eric Bischoff from the city’s engineering consultants, OHM Advisors, said that five bids had been received on the project with a low bid of $135,000.

The existing pump at the Rec Center serves to maintain water pressure for the building as well as the golf course.

The project will add two new pumps at the Rec Center, each with a 350 gallon per minute capacity, along with a concrete slab and structure to support them.

The current pump did not have sufficient capacity for the job when it was installed, according to the engineers, and age and strain had reduced its capacity even further.

The old pump will stay in service but will only be used to maintain pressure to the building.

Bischoff stressed than the pump project was needed to support the facility, regardless of the installation of the new golf course irrigation system, which he said was about 50 percent complete.

Asked why a vote could not wait a week until the next Tuesday’s regular meeting, Bischoff said that the lead time for delivery of the pumps was long enough that they needed to be ordered as soon as possible so that they would be delivered before the rest of the work at the Rec Center was complete.

Funding for the project will come from the $3 million line of credit the city established last year to pay for capital projects identified as areas of need over a five year period.

The project was approved by a 3-2 vote with Councilmen Nicholas Tipper and Artie Allen voting against.

Kirk Whittington from Philips Lighting also presented to the council regarding a pair of potential lighting projects.

One project proposed the full conversion of lighting at the Rec Center, indoor and outdoor, to modern LED lights.

LED lights are 90 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and would result in an estimated annual savings of $14,024 in electricity costs at the facility.

Additionally, the city is facing difficulty in sourcing replacement parts for the outdated fixtures installed when the building was constructed.

Total cost for the project is $71,000, resulting in a total payback, based on the electricity savings, of 4.7 years.

Councilmen agreed to add the project to next Tuesday’s agenda for a vote.

The council was less enthusiastic about a proposal to add decorative lighting in Public Square Park.

A demonstration of the type of lighting proposed was held after December’s council meeting.

The council balked at the $21,400 price tag for the park project, which would have added another 18 months to the city’s realization of savings from the Rec Center proposal.

“We’ve got other priorities,” said Councilman Steve Thomas, echoing the consensus of the council.

The park lighting project was not added to next week’s agenda for a vote.

The city’s Public Works Department committed to a traffic study along 3rd Avenue following a citizen suggestion about the number of four-way stop signs along the road.

The traffic study will allow the city to make a decision if some of those intersections can safely be converted into two-way stops instead.