Landis OKs water system contracts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
LANDIS — The Landis Board of Aldermen approved on Monday contracts with two companies to complete work on the town’s water system improvement project.
The board approved Ritchie Construction, based in Mount Pleasant, for phase one and Charlotte-based Sanders Utility Construction Company for phase two.
The town has a 12-inch line that runs through South Zion Street and customers need to be added to the new line. The pipes will be reconnected on some of the town’s side streets to the main 12-inch waterline down Zion Street in phase one.
About 21 fire hydrants will also be replaced in phase two. The town will abandon the 8-inch lines. The lines that are not replaced and connected in phase one will be done in phase two.
The town received 13 bids for phase one and 16 bids for phase two.
The two companies were the lowest bidders, Town Manager Reed Linn said.
Ritchie Construction was awarded a contract for $573,607.31 and Sanders Utility was awarded a contract for about $2.1 million.
Linn said construction should start July 1.
The town also expects a late summer start date for phase three of the improvement project, which includes a new booster pump station at South Chapel Street, between Kannapolis and Landis.
“There is a small pump station there now and we will build a larger pump house. It will be a brick structure,” Linn said.
The board also:
• Heard from Parks Director Andrew Morgan about an Albemarle company looking to set up a bait and tackle shop at the town’s lake house.
God’s Country Outfitters hopes to turn the house at Lake Corriher into a place where fishermen and campers can buy equipment and supplies.
The shop will also be the parks department office.
The board has not officially signed a contract with the company.
The town had planned to run the shop, but when Morgan was meeting with companies about sponsoring an adventure run at the lake, God’s Country expressed interest in opening a store, Linn said.
• Set a budget work session for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at town hall, 312 S. Main St.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.