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Council nods work at Project Tango site

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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Lebanon City Council unanimously approved a contract with Plateau Excavating to being infrastructure improvements for the Project Tango building site as well as an agreement to ensure no city funds will be used in the process during Tuesday nights special called meeting.

Council awarded the infrastructure improvements contract to Plateau Excavation of Atlanta for $8,459,000. The company was the lowest of the four bids opened on Friday, Nov. 4.

Also approved was an agreement between the city and the U.S. Real Estate Limited Partnership that will keep the city from spending any money on the job. Before the meeting, City Engineer Chuck Boyett explained to the council in a work session that U.S. Real Estate will pay for the project, which includes site grading, water, sewer and storm water drainage improvements.

Theres absolutely no city money going into this, Boyett said.

The city is expected to receive $3.5 million in a FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The remaining cost of the job will be paid by U.S. Realty, according to the agreement approved by the council.

The developer on the property is Seefried Properties, also from Atlanta, and Boyett explained Plateau is contracted to perform the work. Boyett said U.S. Realty will make monthly payments to the city and after the check clears, the city will then pay the contractor.

The developer funds everything over $3.5 million, Boyett said. Well pay the contractor with their money.

When the project is completed, the city will then give U.S. Realty the $3.5 million from the state grant, and according to the contract, if the grant money is not awarded, the city is not liable to pay the money from its own funds.

Several members of the council asked if there was a downside to this agreement and Boyett said there was none that he could see. Andy Wright, city attorney, said the worst case scenario is a lawsuit where the city must defend its rights under the contract approved Tuesday night.

Boyett explained he and city engineers will sit down with the contractor and developer frequently when the project gets underway to discuss progress reports and make sure things stay on track.

Well sit down weekly with them and discuss where we are with the project, Boyett said.

The council is set to hold another special called meeting tonight at 5:30 to consider approving these measures on second reading.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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