Tremonton City is preparing to move forward with the next phase of a citywide secondary water system as the city continues to see rising demand on a limited water supply.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the city council awarded a bid of almost $3 million to Sorensen Companies Inc., a contractor based in West Jordan.

Tremonton Public Works Director said that after an open bidding process that started last July, Sorensen came in with the lowest of eight bids.

“It was $400,000 lower than our engineer’s estimate, and $100,000 less than the next lowest bid,” Fulgham said.

While the city hasn’t done business with Sorensen before, he said they are a well-established company with a strong track record doing similar projects in cities along the Wasatch Front.

The award allows secondary water pipes and other infrastructure to start going into service area 3, which covers some of the most densely populated parts of Tremonton. It covers the southwest part of the city, from Main Street south to I-15 between Iowa String Road and the railroad tracks running through the center of town.

Fulgham said work is tentatively scheduled to begin after the spring thaw, probably sometime in April. The contractor is expected to complete the work by spring 2020, allowing homes in the area to switch over from culinary to secondary water in time for the peak water demand time during the summer months.

The Tremonton council voted 3-1 to approve the bid, with Councilmember Bret Rohde voting against it.

In other business, the council approved the renewal of an aging services contract with the Bear River Association of Governments to help fund the Bear River Valley Senior Center. The senior center provides programs required by the Older Americans Act in order to receive federal and state funding for Meals on Wheels, transportation, and other services for seniors.

By entering into the contract, Tremonton City will receive about $94,000 to help offset the costs of operating the senior center.

The council also heard the results of an audit of its financial statements, receiving glowing reviews of its finances.

Mike Kidman of Jones Simkins conducted the audit. Other than saying it’s time for the city to compile a list of its infrastructure projects, Kidman said the statements were in good order and everything looks to be above board, with the city maintaining a strong financial position.

“Ours is a very, very good, clean opinion,” he said.

The city has drawn up a new contract for fire protection services it provides to Elwood. City Manager Shawn Warnke said the terms are mostly the same, although the per-household service fee is going up from $50.36 to $58.15 per dwelling unit, reflecting increased costs in recent years.

“We haven’t increased (the service fee) in 10 years,” Warnke said. “It’s an increase of about $2,000 to $3,000 per entity.”

Last week’s meeting started with service awards for two council members. Councilmember Jeff Reese was recognized for 15 years of service to the council, while Councilmember Bret Rohde was recognized for having served five years.