By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

ADA—Ada Water Resources Board formed a subcommittee to help the city review proposed engineering studies for two water lines from Byrds Mill Springs to Ada at a Monday morning meeting.

The engineering study is one of the projects that will be financed by the recently-passed one cent sales tax.

City Engineer Cody Holcomb asked how AWRB wanted to be involved in the proposals.

“More than anything, we’d like to have an idea of what the water resources board’s desired role would be in selecting the consultant that would come up with some ideas and improvements to, not only the raw water lines, but the water plant, spring and wells,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said the city currently has approximately 14 proposals that need to be evaluated.

“It’s my understanding that this process will be shaped by these committees that are being discussed,” he said.

AWRB formed a subcommittee to help Holcomb evaluate the proposals consisting of AWRB members Lowell Leach, Randall Ross and Stephen Schmelling.

AWRB and Holcomb discussed possible standards for the proposals.  Holcomb said the subcommittee could possibly be involved in interviewing the consultants who sent in the top three to five selected proposals.  Holcomb said citizen advisory committees could also be involved in the selection process.

“I think at the next (city council) meeting, some of the issues on these committees—who will be on them, how they’ll be formed, and how they’ll function—will be discussed by council,” he said.

AWRB also discussed the Ada Water Plan, which is nearing completion.  Kelly Hurt, chairman of AWRB, will to present the plan to city council.

“I’m hoping this will help the city council understand what the options are,” Schmelling said.

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