The council unanimously approved the contract with American Tank Maintenance to inspect, maintain and repair the city’s three water tanks for the next decade.
City Clerk Aimee Abernathy said the city had problems with the previous water tank maintenance company, Utility Services, and the new contract includes an option to terminate if the city isn’t happy with the service.
“The situation with the former provider was that services that were scheduled were not being performed; one experience was that we drained a tank waiting on them to do the scheduled wash out, and two days later, they still weren’t here to wash it out,” Abernathy explained.
American Tank Maintenance Executive Vice President Sheldon Shelton attended the meeting and explained how, over time, the program could save the city thousands of dollars.
“If your tanks cost 100 grand a piece for three tanks, and then you’ve also got all those washouts, you’re looking at $350,000. With my plan, you’re sitting at about $230,000. That’s a big difference,” Shelton said. “I can assure you we’ll do a good job for you.”
The contract includes all maintenance, excluding natural disasters, he said.
After Shelton spoke with the council and answered questions, Councilwoman Mary Helen Lamb made the motion to approve the contract and the council unanimously approved to go with the new company, pending approval of the city attorney.