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Town to save $14,800 on one project, spend $2,800 on another

The Town of Jonesborough will save roughly $14,800 on a water line project after further examination revealed more of the work can be done by town employees than originally planned.
The town’s water distribution crew is working to lay a 12-inch water line down Highway 11E for about a mile, from Grandview School to Washington College Station Road.
Merkel Brothers Construction was awarded the bid to do boring work related to the project as well as constructing a short section of line parallel to the highway.
Water Distribution Superintendent Mike McCracken has since looked at the project again and determined his own crew can make those connections.
Last week, members of the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a change order related to the reduction in required services from Merkel Brothers.
“I’m assuming it’s not a problem when the price goes down by $14,800,” Mayor Kelly Wolfe said just prior to the unanimous vote.
The BMA also approved a change order last week related to the installation of a raw water intake pump at the town’s wastewater treatment center.
The $2,800 increase in cost for the project is related to a location change for a cutoff valve on the pump.