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Airmate waterline finished

This article is brought to you by The Bryan Times

By Lucas Bechtol

Dec 8, 2022

Nathan Gardner

The waterline extension project for Airmate is completed after the Bryan Board of Public Affairs approved the last change order on Tuesday.

The Airmate Company has planned to expand its 40,000-square-foot facility, at 16280 County Road D, by about 26,000 square feet to accommodate increased demand.

But, to meet safety codes, the facility needed a more robust sprinkler system, which could not be accommodated by its current water source, a well.

Airmate President Carol Schreder Czech had previously approached Bryan Municipal Utilities to get hooked up to the city’s waterline. Earlier this year, the company — which does plastic fabrication — agreed to completely pay for the project.

During the BPA’s meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a final change order for the project.

“We’ve been working toward this end for quite some time,” BMU Director of Utilities Nathan Gardner said. “This change order basically reflects the minor changes to the contract for reconciliation and the final quantities. We typically always have these and they balance out with the few parts we used and didn’t use.”

The change order resulted in a deduction of $4,755.50 from the project, which was awarded to Bryan Excavating with a bid of $282,220 in May.

Remaining funds will be reimbursed to Airmate and the city of Bryan Revolving Loan Fund, Gardner said.

“It’s nice to have this project completed,” he said. “I’d like to give a thank to you to Bryan Excavating for a good job, well done. I know everybody has supply chain issues, they got to it and when they did get on it they did a great job.”

In other business, the board:

• Had a two executive sessions, one at the start of the meeting to discuss imminent litigation and one at the end to discuss employment and compensation. No action was taken after either session.

• Approved the 2023 budget after receiving a presentation on it at the previous meeting.

• Approved an amendment to the employee handbook concerning sick leave payout. The Bryan City Council had approved the same handbook amendment at its Monday night meeting. Employees hired before Jan. 1, 2021, will receive 100% of their sick leave payout up to 960 hours. For employees hired after Jan. 1, 2021, sick leave payout will be determined by their number of service years.

• Approved appointing Steven Hall to the position of probationary engineering assistant and GIS Coordinator. Hall was first hired to BMU in 2021.

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