A low bid of $72,000 by Arco Pipe and Supply of Brownfield was approved by the Dawson County Commissioners Court on Tuesday for the replacement of fire hydrants in Welch.
    Those fire hydrants, as well as the drilling of a second water well, are part of the Welch Water System Project that has been in the works for over a year, Dawson County Judge Foy O’Brien said.
    Although the Commissioners Court had authorized Judge O’Brien, County Auditor Rick Dollahan, County Treasurer Julie Frizzell and Assistant County Auditor Rhonda Martin as authorized signatures for contractual documents back in December of 2015, Judge O’Brien said he and Dollahan felt the awarding of a contract should be approved by the full Commissioners Court.
    Judge O’Brien said five companies had submitted bids, ranging from the low bid of $72,000 to a high of $144,250, for the replacement of the fire hydrants.
    In addition to Arco Pipe and Supply having the lowest bid, Judge O’Brien said, Arco also has done work on the water system in Welch in the past so it is familiar with the system and needs of that community.
    The county is not funding any of the water system project, Dollahan pointed out, but the county is serving as the sponsor for a $350,000 grant that was awarded by Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) to fund the entire project.
    “Those are just pass-through funds shown in our budget,” Dollahan said.


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