Water, water everywhere but it should be treated before you drink. The process of treating water involves a lot of steps, including discussion at this week’s Clinton City Council Meeting. City Manager Frank Stovall asked council to approve the purchase of water treatment chemicals from companies based in Duncan here in the Upstate and from companies in North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The chemicals include liquid chlorine, liquid alum, lime slurry and sodium silica fluoride. The purchase agreements presented are projected to supply the necessary chemicals for a 12 month period.
Council Member Danny Cook asked why this purchase is brought before council each year when other purchases, like office supplies, are not. Stovall explained that the City Manager has purchase authority up to $40,000 and this purchase is very near that amount. Should any additional chemicals be used it would probably exceed his purchase authority and would have to be brought before council anyway. He did say that other cities sometimes allow their city managers to proceed on similar routine purchases without approval from the city council and he’d be happy to handle this purchase either way.
As for this year, council unanimously voted to approve the purchases as presented.