Several projects for improvements relating to the Tamina community are taking a step forward following action at the city of Shenandoah meeting Aug. 23.

The contract for an initial phase of the project to extend water and sewer utilities to the community of Tamina was awarded to contractors Bull G Construction for $388,520.

The project will complete the water and sewer utilities needed to connect the community to the city’s collection systems for water and sewer, according to information from the meeting.

The project is funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds. The full project will be funded with up to $21 million in ARPA funding and is expected to be completed by October 2026, Community Impact previously reported.

The highest bid for the project was higher than $900,000, leading to questions from City Council about the discrepancy. Joseph Peart, public works director for the city, said five bids were received for the project.

What they’re saying

“We spoke with the contractor because they came in underneath the cost estimate, staff had concerns about it being so much lower; we had a couple different conversations, and they assured it would be a good project for them at that price,” Peart said.

Also on the agenda

In addition, $10,000 was approved for street lights on existing power poles on Tamina Road. The cost estimate was $6,800 to add eight lights with a 6-foot arm, but $10,000 was approved. The cost will be funded by city's Municipal Development District, according to discussion at the meeting.

Earlier this year, the city discussed ongoing communication efforts between the city and the unincorporated community as the projects move forward to extend utilities to the area.