Eric Swanson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ada News
The Ada City Council took the first steps Friday toward annexing four parcels of land on the south side of Stonecipher Boulevard into the city.
Voting 5-0, the council directed city staff to notify adjoining property owners of the proposed annexation and schedule a public hearing on the issue. The hearing is set for 5:45 p.m. Jan. 22 at City Hall.
The city does not normally meet on Fridays but scheduled a special meeting to take up the annexation request.
The Chickasaw Nation owns most of the land and recently requested the annexation, but the reason for the request was unclear, City Manager Cody Holcomb said Friday afternoon.
In other business, the council approved an agreement with the bonding company Employers Mutual Casualty and MacHill Construction Co. for completing a new lift station off state Highway 99.
The city originally awarded the contract for the project to another contractor, but that company was unable to complete the work, Holcomb said. He said Employers Mutual stepped in, readvertised the project and negotiated with MacHill Construction to finish the work.
The original contractor agreed to do the project for $796,000, and the city has approved a payment of $115,032.66 but has not paid it yet, according to information from City Hall. The unbilled balance on the original contract is $679,967.34.
The price for completing the project is $1,109,496, leaving a contract shortfall of $429,528.66.
City attorney Frank Stout said Employers Mutual will pay the shortfall and seek reimbursement from the original contractor.
“It shouldn’t cost us any more,” he said. “This is just the agreement with the surety (Employers Mutual) and MacHill to go ahead and get that started in a few months.”