October 16, 2022

Troublesome Bartlett lift station receives funds for fix

The City of Bartlett’s mayor and mayor pro tem visited Wilco commissioners Tuesday to discuss allocating American Rescue Plan Act funds to renovate the Clark Street Lift Station station in the Bartlett area.

Commissioners approved a subrecipient grant agreement of $50,000 between Williamson County and the City of Bartlett for the Clark Street Lift Station Project. 

Bartlett Mayor Chad Mees and Mayor Pro Tem Phillip Weaver updated the court on the project. 

“We want to stress the gratefulness of the city for these funds coming from ARPA that you’re willing to share with us,” Mr. Mees said. 

He said that the city describes the lift station as “the onion” because the pipes inside have deteriorated and are peeling away like an onion. The Clark Street station is the main sewer lift station serving the city water utility. 

The situation needed immediate attention, Commissioner Russ Boles said. 

“To see the buckle in the pipe,” he said. “You don’t want to see that in your water lines.”

Mr. Mees said the city feels like it's on borrowed time. 

“Any minute of the day, that thing could give in and we would be up to our knees in waste,” he said.  

Bartlett City Administrator Joseph Resendez said the project has been on the books for some time, pending funding. He said the function of the pump trigger is off its bracket, which causes clogs that must be responded to by city staff.

“The staff has to go out there at all hours of the day and night,” he said. “Also, when the pumps are not operating properly we have to respond to residential sewer issues. So by completing this project, we’re going to mitigate all kinds of staff demands.

“Addressing this issue now will prevent a potential public health emergency.” 

Back in May, commissioners approved funding for Water and Wastewater related projects through ARPA Funds. Tuesday’s agreement is a subrecipient grant agreement in the amount of $50,000. Mr. Mees said that they went out to search for contractors and selected the lowest bid at just under $50,000, which will leave them some funds for future projects. 

After county approval, Mr. Weaver said it should be about 4-6 weeks until they can begin work, accommodating for lead time of materials. Once work starts, it should be complete in a week. 

Commissioners approved the motion unanimously. 

“Sounds like money well spent,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said Tuesday.