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Waterline project may close part of Garden Avenue

City Engineer Louis Najar uses a map to explain the first phase of the Edgewood waterline project to the city of Roswell’s Infrastructure Committee on Monday evening. (Alison Penn Photo)

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Committee recommends awarding Edgewood Project to local contractor

The city of Roswell’s Infrastructure Committee discussed the Edgewood Project, a water valve replacement in the eastern section of the city, and voted in favor of White Cloud Pipeline as contractor.

The committee meeting’s agenda stated the Edgewood Project includes replacements of four large-diameter valves — two 36-inch and two 24-inch butterfly valves — at the East Third Street and North Garden Avenue intersection, and the project is funded for fiscal year 2019 in the city’s water maintenance and transmission budget.

Additionally, the agenda indicated that a new 8-inch water line from East Fifth Street to East Cherry Street will be installed. Also at the Cherry Street/Garden Avenue intersection, the project includes a 36-inch butterfly valve replacement and extension of a new 12-inch water line into the Edgewood subdivision, named after the closed Edgewood Elementary School in the neighborhood.

For the Edgewood Waterline Replacement Phase 1, the recommended award is for $1,018,485.52, including GRT (gross receipts tax), to White Cloud Pipeline and the item will go before the Roswell City Council next month. Six other bids were received for the project, according to the meeting’s agenda.

City councilors Juan Oropesa, Jeanine Corn Best and George Peterson recommended approval of the award to White Cloud. Councilor Caleb Grant was present for discussion of the project, but not for the vote. Best made a motion to send the measure to the council’s consent agenda and Peterson seconded. The final vote was 3-0.

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City Engineer Louis Najar presented the large-diameter part of the project at the beginning of the meeting as a non-action item and addressed Phase 1 of the Edgewood Project when the committee voted on the award. Najar said the project is “part large diameter” valves and “part asbestos” waterline replacement.

Najar said White Cloud was not the low bidder, but qualifies as a veteran preference within state statute. According to the state’s Tax and Revenue Department, veteran-owned businesses within the state can “obtain either a resident veteran business preference or a resident veteran contractor preference” from the department.

After the discussion, Oropesa said he was glad to have a local contractor and Best agreed, emphasizing White Cloud’s veteran certified business status.

Closure and valves

After the project is approved by the council and eventually begins, Najar said North Garden Avenue intersecting at East Third Street will be closed “for about a month or so,” contingent on when parts arrive.

Najar said there will be a detour and they will communicate with the Roswell Livestock Auction and other businesses to use Atkinson Avenue or Main Street instead of that section of Garden Avenue. In this area, he said the 8-inch lines are asbestos water lines.

When Oropesa asked about the potential impact of the work to the neighborhood, Najar said residents will still have water, but might have low water pressure.

Best suggested informing businesses on Garden Avenue of the project’s constructions dates, so the businesses can direct employees to use Atkinson Avenue and Fifth Street instead of Garden Avenue.

Najar said there is a chance that Fifth Street might be closed; he said College Boulevard, Fifth Street, Second Street and Cherry Street are other alternatives to circumvent Garden Avenue’s future closure.


From Fifth to Cherry Street, Najar said there are asbestos-cement 6-inch lines and the city wants to put in a new 8-inch line from Fifth to Cherry and connect existing side streets to the new line. Najar said the city will install smaller water valves on the side-lines — since the city can install up to 12-inch lines — but any larger lines require heavier equipment and mean more difficult work.

Phase two of the project, as Najar explained, will be replacing the other neighborhoods’ old asbestos-cement lines.

As listed in the meeting’s agenda, the following waterline projects are completed: Gayle Street, repairs of 36-inch lines are complete; McGaffey Street, repairs of 36-inch lines are complete; and Water Maintenance has fixed a leaking valve on the 42-inch line at South Sunset/Hondo River, with other parts in the process of being ordered.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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