ST. FRANCISVILLE — Mayor Billy D'Aquilla told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday that he anticipates holding a pre-construction meeting either the first or second week of July with representatives of Griner Drilling Service for work on the replacement water well on Prosperity Street.
Griner submitted a low bid of $637,500 for the new well, which will replace the existing well that is no longer usable. D'Aquilla said the town has already secured $250,000 through an emergency grant from the Community Water Enrichment Fund in addition to another $35,000 CWEF grant. He said he anticipates an additional $35,000 CWEF grant that was applied for in April will also be awarded in the near future. The water fund, provided through the Division of Administration, help provides local governments with monies for projects that provide safe and clean drinking water.
D'Aquilla also said he feels pretty certain the town will receive an additional $500,000 through a capital outlay for construction work on the Burnett Road Bridge. He said the town has already received $500,000 for the bridge project, although $90,000 has been paired for a geological survey report. If the town receives the additional $500,000, it will have more than enough to cover the replacement expense without having to cut corners or scale back the project. The first round of construction bids came back with the low estimate at just over $800,000.
"We should have enough money to do what we need to do with the bridge without having to downsize it," D'Aquilla said.
Town clerk Shannon Surgeon told the board a new link is available on the town's website www.stfrancisville.net to look up all town ordinances and minutes from meetings from 1990 to 2015. She anticipates more will be added through Municode with the goal of having information going back to 1970 available on the website.
Main Street manager Laurie Walsh reminded the board the town will again host its annual Fourth of July celebration with food supplied by the American Legion and fireworks by the town at the Sports Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Downtown businesses will feature sidewalk sales and the party at the park will include hot dogs and ice cream by the American Legion, patriotic music and fireworks at dark.
At the end of the meeting, D'Aquilla announced he will be seeking re-election for mayor in November and that alderman Bobee Leake has decided to run against him.