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Linden Utility Board approves lagoon contract change

The Linden Utility Board approved a change in their contract with Goldman Contracting for the lagoon project. The contract’s price increased by $13,750 to approximately $1.8 million in order compensate the company for installing an emergency valve at a pump station.

Public Works Director Terry Tyson notified the Linden Utility Board of a problems with a department tractor’s engine.

Tyson said the engine was damaged and would cost about $12,000 to repair. The tractor itself is thirteen years old, and he said it may be time to replace it.

“It’s got a lot of hours in it,” Tyson said.

Tyson also briefly discussed adding fluoride in the city’s water and told the board that he wanted more research before making a decision. He also wanted to visit other cities that add fluoride in order to inform his decision.

As of Sept. 9, Tyson said he felt it was best not to move forward with it as adding fluoride to three sites for the city would cost $60,000 and the benefits would not outweigh the costs.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, September 11 issue of the Demopolis Times.)