Projects in the three-year plan to upgrade portions of Cabot’s wastewater collection system are progressing, waterworks general manager Tim Joyner reported at the Sept. 26 Water and Wastewater Commission meeting.

The Commission also acted on bids for a new tractor, and to proceed with condemnation for wastewater line crossings of the Union Pacific tracks.

Commissioners Gary Walker, Wayne Cullins, Bert Mayer, Richard Gray and James Burk attended the meeting.

Acting through the advice of attorney Tad Bohannon, the commissioners voted to proceed with condemnation action for the railroad crossings needed for three of the sales-tax funded projects.

Joyner said the agreement forwarded by the railroad puts unreasonable stipulations on the city.

"Historically, you ask the railroad for a permit. They send you an agreement; you sign it and move on," Joyner said.

However, the agreement forwarded by the railroad, "Has a lot of issues there that Tad [Bohannon] doesn’t think it would be wise for us to sign it," Joyner said.

Particularly difficult is the provision that would allow the railroad to demand the pipeline be removed later, Joyner said later. "That alone would be enough to stop [agreement]," he said.

"[The railroad] told me the agreement is not negotiable," Joyner said. That leaves the city in the position of condemning the crossings for public use, he said.

After discussion, the commissioners voted to call on the city council to proceed with condemnation.

In other matters, Joyner said bids have been requested for the pump equipment needed for the Four-Mile Creek pump station. Bid opening is to be two days before the November commission meeting.

Pipe for the West Oaks interceptor has been received and manholes are expected soon, Joyner said. "They should start laying pipe for the West Oaks interceptor next week," he said.

Health department approval for the Polk Street, Shiloh and Four Mile Creek interceptors has been granted, Joyner said. Work is still being done on easements on some parts, he said.

Those projects, along with the Countrywood interceptor and infrastructure replacements are the projects being funded by the $8 million bond issue approved by voters in the March special election.

Wastewater projects that were slowed because of efforts to complete the Ford Bottoms interceptor are being picked back up, Joyner said.

The Ford Bottoms pipe "is in the ground," Joyner said. The line is undergoing tests, which should be done in three to four days, and the pipeline should be ready to use in about a week, he said.

Delivery of the dump truck, approved at the Aug. 22 meeting, has been ordered Joyner said. The delivery date is in November, instead of the original 130 days, he said.

Waterworks trucks that have been taken out of serve would be posted on line for bidding through egov in about a week, Joyner said.