The City of Paris is moving forward with the waterline improvement project that the council had previously accepted a bid for work to take place. The waterline improvement project will take place from north and south under elm street to south of the square in Paris.

“The city has now passed a resolution awarding the low bidders on each project,” said Mayor Daniel Rogers.

The line replacement is approximately one mile long and will move the line out from under the street and into the right of way on the east side of S. Elm.

In a previous statement, Rogers said,” The water line is approximately 90 years old and breaks regularly draining the tanks at times. And because of its location, under South Elm, causes the city to dig up the street for repairs.

Earlier in the year at the State of the City Address, Rogers spoke of his desire to see the city appropriate 100k annually to new water and sewer line improvements. The line improvement would allow the city a significant infrastructure upgrade to implement a plan in moving forward by starting annual upgrades branching off of this new line.

The original bid, by engineers, was estimated at $750k in 2014. The more recent proposal was estimated at $826,627, from NLS Construction out of Rose Bud, Arkansas, which will include the major water plant improvements and replace the key components to the plant.

“We still have to pass an ordinance approving the new amount of money that we will be borrowing due to the amounts going over the amount we ask rural development for.”

Rogers expects a special meeting will be called later this month to approve the ordinance due to some bond procedures that have to be handled before the ordinance can be passed.

“After that, I expect projects to start immediately; September timeframe.”