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  • The Lone Wolf 4-H chapter will hold the 12th Annual Mudder’s Day Weekend Mud Bog on Saturday, May 9th. Mudders should get those vehicles ready, as the date is quickly approaching.The mud bog is set to be held at the Mitchell County Arena west of town, and registration begins at 8 a.m. that morning and continues until 2 p.m. that afternoon. A drivers’ meeting will be held following registration.Cos...
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  • After opening three bids for a general contractor a couple of weeks ago, members of the Mitchell County Commissioners’ Court met in a called meeting Monday to award the bid. The job of constructing buildings, performing electrical work and all other construction duties was awarded to Lone Wolf Resources, a Houston-based company with a local branch here in Colorado City.The bid submitted by Lone Wo...
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General contractor named for desal plant

desalturbineAfter opening three bids for a general contractor a couple of weeks ago, members of the Mitchell County Commissioners’ Court met in a called meeting Monday to award the bid. The job of constructing buildings, performing electrical work and all other construction duties was awarded to Lone Wolf Resources, a Houston-based company with a local branch here in Colorado City.
The bid submitted by Lone Wolf Resources totals $1,242,258.50. Specifications mandate that the company provides turn-key construction, meaning that all construction will be completed that is necessary for the operation of the desalination plant.
As part of the bidding process, each of the three companies that submitted bids included options for the construction of evaporation ponds. However, Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc. has recently received information about a system that may replace the ponds, so the firm suggested that commissioners award the base bid only.
Board of Economic Development representatives Bobby Lemons and Woody Anderson attended the meeting to speak on behalf of the organization. Lemons said that the turbine that will power the plant is up and working.
County employee Darlene Moore spent many hours at the end of last week with the testers from the New Zealand company that developed the turbine. The testers were sent to make sure the turbine is working as it should, even in high winds.
Moore said when the winds blew, all tests were performed and the turbine is operational as it should be. Oncor will be coming in to tie the turbine into existing lines to complete the installation of the turbine.
Commissioner Bill Preston asked about a timeline for the start of construction. Lemons said that the company did not specify when the work would start but representatives have said construction would be completed by the August 31st, the county’s deadline to have the desalination plant online, producing fresh water.
Commissioner Jeremy Strain had this to say, “I guess we either take the bid or start finding money to send back to Austin.”
Anderson said, “Well, we’ve come this far, and this will put us on the map.” He added that the water that has been produced for testing is of better quality than expected.
Anderson went on to say that he is glad that Lone Wolf Resources was awarded the bid, because the company is local and is invested in the community.
According to County Auditor Heidi Harris, the BOED has about $400,000 remaining in its budget, $200,000 of which is set aside for the desal plant. The county will use the entire $400,000, plus another $800,000 or so to fund the construction of the plant. The additional money will come from the general fund.
Strain said that about half of the $800,000-plus has been budgeted to be spent on the desalination project. The other half will be moved from other areas to make up for the shortfall.
“The county has always been good about not spending all the money that is budgeted, and hopefully that will be true again,” Harris said.
In other business, payroll in the amount of $80,312.26 was approved as presented by County Treasurer Jennifer Rivera.
Bills in the amount of $150,836 were approved as presented by Harris.

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