Council to award bid for extension of infrastructure

Photo Source: City of Tyler
Photo Source: City of Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX - At their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 22, the Tyler City Council will consider a request to award a $4.6 million contract to Reynolds & Kay, Ltd. for the construction of water utility lines along Highway 69 to Interstate 20.

"I am pleased that we are able to move forward with development of this infrastructure," commented Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.  "Tyler is taking an important step to ensuring we are prepared for future growth and fulfilling the vision outlined in Tyler 21."

A total of 17 companies presented proposals as part of the competitive sealed proposal process and Reynolds & Kay was recommended for award of the contract based upon the following criteria:

  • Proposal price;
  • Experience with projects of this specific type and magnitude;
  • Experience and references of key personnel;
  • Company profile and general experience;
  • Ability/commitment to respond to City needs in a timely fashion; and
  • Safety record and financial profile.

Funding for this project was allocated from the 2008 Tyler Water Utilities Revenue Bond Fund and will be paid for from revenues collected from the sale of water and sewer services – not from property taxes.  The City paid off all general obligation (tax supported) debt in 2008.

The contract provides for the extension of 24 inch water line north along US 69.  This project will include backbone infrastructure that will facilitate future development in this area.  The project was first identified during the Tyler 21 planning process which called for the revitalization of North Tyler as well as balanced growth in all areas of the community.

"To spur economic growth, infrastructure must first be established," commented Tyler Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Caraway.  "If we expect to attract new businesses to this area of town, the City must proactively invest in projects that pave the way for development."