The Paris City Council held a special meeting last week to waive bidding requirements in order to accept a bid on providing water and sewer lines to the Tyson Foods-Logan County Career Education Center currently under construction on a site adjacent to the Paris High School campus.

“We were going to put in water and sewer lines ourselves, but we’ve discovered it’s a bigger project than we can handle,” Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said last week.

The special meeting was held Thursday at the Municipal Building. Four of the city’s six aldermen were present.

The motion to waive bidding requirements and accept a bid submitted by M. Phillips Construction, Inc. of Magazine passed 4-0. Phillips Construction bud $53,207 to do the project.

“We had to do it this way because time had become an issue,” Rogers said.

It is estimated that the career center, which will teach career skills to adults and students, will be completed later this year.