The City of Collins Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) project was completed by the lowest bidder, T&K Hicks Contracting, at the beginning of June 2022.
The project, totaling around $27,000, will improve paved roads with bituminous tack coat, Superpave GP 2, five inch solid white and yellow traffic stripes, and a 24’ white solid traffic stripe.
The project will be funded by $11,033.42 of the LMIG funds and $14,545.06 of the Transportation Investment Acts (TIA) funds. For the TIA funds, Collins gets about $10,000 per year and have saved it by using portions to complete road projects. This is how the City of Collins has $49,000 In the account for now.
Other city improvements approved
• Georgia Power is going to install electricity at the old school building, located at 513 Williams Street in Collins. This will cost $8,700.
• C&C Builders had the lowest bid for a new roof on City Hall. This will be a metal roof, costing $6,700. Work should begin on the roof by Friday, June 17.
• The City Council approved switching from chlorine to bleach for water treatment at their April 7 council meeting. Hawkins, Inc. was approved to install a bleach system for $1,364. The council’s reasoning for the change is that the scales used to measure the chlorine have not been working since January. City Clerk Debbie Stubbs mentioned that the city has to purchase a new scale once a year, costing around $3,600. Bleach is cheaper, and the city will not have to purchase scales any longer which will save them money. The bleach is estimated to cost $2.50 per gallon.
• Delta Municipal Supply was the lowest bidder, $93,462, for new water meters to be installed in Collins. These water meters will be paid for out of the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.