Monticello Mayor Wants Independent Review of $10M Water Project

Published 08/06 2014 08:12AM

Updated 08/06 2014 08:15AM

MONTICELLO, AR - The Monticello City Council on Tuesday authorized newly-elected mayor Joe Rogers to get a cost estimate for an attorney and an engineer to represent the city in a $10 million water project under contract with Siemens but stopped short of authorizing the mayor to hire one.

The city last year contracted with Siemens Industry, Inc. to upgrade the city’s water system with new water meters and replace water lines in the “core” of the city where most of the city’s water leaks are located.

The city has already paid $7 million toward the cost but had to send Siemens back to the drawing board to re-engineer the project focusing on the “core” of the city. Apparently, the company was replacing water lines that did not need to be replaced.

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