Reservoir road

City crews will soon begin work on a reservoir near tank in the East Hills.

As work continues at the Seaside high school and middle school campus site in the Southeast Hills, the city added one more element to the construction checklist as they approved a contract to build a 5-million-gallon reservoir to supply the new school and surrounding areas.

“Seaside School District and city of Seaside are working hand in hand with the city,” school district project manager Jim Henry said at Monday’s City Council meeting. “We’ve been working with them continuously planning water line routes, where the pressure zones would go,” he said.

Water lines would be built are installed under a Seaside School District contract, Henry said. The reservoir and pump station will be under a city contract.

Later in the meeting, the city’s public works director Dale McDowell presented three bids to the council for construction of the tank.

The design engineering firm Murray Smith reviewed the three bids and recommended award of the contract to low bidder T. Bailey Inc at $5.64 million, McDowell said.

The high bid came in at $6.3 million.

“Murray Smith went through all the bids and all the paperwork — everything is exactly as it should be,” McDowell said.

The motion to award the water tank contract to T. Bailey passed unanimously.

“It is a very good bid,” Winstanley said. “And it’s within our budget.”

Work is expected to begin in August, Henry added, and be completed concurrently at the time of the opening of the new school in September 2020.

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