The Shenandoah City Council approved awarding an engineering contract for a project to provide water and sewer services to the Tamina community during a City Council meeting March 8.

The project will be funded with up to $21 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, per an agreement among the city, the Old Tamina Water Supply Corp. and Montgomery County, according to previous Community Impact reporting.

Public Works Director Joseph Peart said the city received statements from two engineering companies as of Feb. 28 after the city requested firms to submit qualifications for the project.

After the city staff looked over the statement qualifications and reached out to references, they rated the engineering firms, according to information at the meeting.

Based on the rating results, staff recommended Bleyl Engineering, according to city officials.

The motion to approve Bleyl Engineering passed unanimously.

“For the last 20 years, people have been trying to accomplish getting water and sewer to the community because it's the right thing to do, because they deserve it. And that you six gentlemen sitting up here tonight, were the ones that were able to accomplish a goal that was fiscally responsible for the city, Shenandoah,” former Mayor Ritch Wheeler said during the public comment section of the meeting. “it was the right thing to do for our neighbors and for our community that needed it.”

Residents from Tamina have previously attended meetings to ask the city for clear communication on timelines for the project. Officials have said it will be completed by the end of 2026, per the agreement.