Quality and reliable infrastructure are essential to ensuring a community can meet the demands of economic development and population growth. Our Public Works and Engineering teams are constantly working on maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure systems to ensure we offer residents safe and quality services.
We recently celebrated the completion of the Talbert-Sioux Waterline Project. This multi-year project was a substantial undertaking and included the installation of over two and a half miles of new pipe, which replaced 1930s-era cast-iron waterline. The project also eliminated 12 dead ends on existing lines and increased the water level in Talbert Tower Two. This allowed the tower to completely fill for the first time in the tower’s history! In addition, this added roughly 250,000 gallons of additional storage in the distribution system, increasing the amount of reserve available for area residents.
In addition to improving water quality, the project has enhanced fire flow availability and positioned Claremore for future residential and industrial growth. Our team was able to close out this project for approximately $4,127,727.71. Budget adjustments were made to compensate for rising material costs due to the pandemic and to allow for the addition of two sections of new line.
As we look to 2023, Our team remains committed to upgrading aging infrastructure across Claremore. The Engineering Department is completing a thorough assessment of the raw waterline and sewer system to plan future upgrades strategically. You will soon be able to find more information on this and other projects on the City Manager’s page of claremore.com.
As we reflect during this season of thanks, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve such an incredible community. It is because of you – the people – that our city stands out from the rest.
I also want to remind each of you to remember to shop locally this holiday season. Claremore is home to many unique boutiques and restaurants. As you celebrate the shop small season, don’t be surprised to stumble upon a hidden treasure that is truly the perfect gift.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
All my best,
John W. Feary
Claremore City Manager