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3:27 AM Wed, Sept. 26th

Chino council considers ratifying award for town's new well

The Chino Valley Town Council Thursday will consider if it wants to ratify the award to equip the town's Bright Star Well Project with a new pump and to extend the electrical system to it for not more than $197,000.

Ron Grittman, town engineer and Public Works director, said Drill Tech has drilled a well that is 723 feet deep. Drill Tech has equipped the well with 12-inch casing of which 160 feet is perforated.

He said Drill Tech will install a 125-horsepower submersible pump that will produce about 1,200 gallons per minute with no arsenic treatment because initial readings showed less than 5 parts per billion of arsenic in the water.

Extensive electrical upgrades are necessary to run the new well, because the current system for the Bright Star Tank site won't handle it. Therefore, Grittman said the town will install a new 440/480 volt three-phase electrical system to provide the required electricity to the well.

As a result, he said the costs for the project are $427,213.50, not the original $300,000 estimated.

In other items on the agenda, the council will consider:

• Approving the employment agreement with Michael Scannell, the new town manager.

• Approving the transfer of $420 from Public Works and $1,012 from Engineering Professional Services into Facilities Building Materials so the town can relocate telephone and electrical lines for a drainage project along Road 3 North.

• Approving a conditional use permit so Norman Freeman can establish a public arena for horse events and a riding academy on 36 acres on the northeast corner of East Road 3 South and South Road 1 East.

• Ratifying the contract with Lyon Engineering not to exceed $16,550 for work associated with the town's new well on the Bright Star tank site.

• Conducting an executive session to obtain legal advice, consider its position and instruct its attorneys about the Chino Valley Police Officers Association's annual proposal relating to wages, benefits, safety regulations and other working conditions.

• Possible action on the association's proposal.