City to pay AmericInn for utility extension
The Fairfield City Council approved a payment of $15,400 to reimburse AmericInn for a utilities extension with an increased capacity to the hotel to allow for future development.
Former city manager Jeff Clawson entered an agreement with the hotel upon review of the engineering design to pay for additional material costs to increase the size of the water and sewer line.
General contractor, True Line Design built a 10-inch water main instead of the 6 inches required for the hotel, costing an additional $4,900. The contractor built a 12-inch instead of 4-inch sewer main for an extra $10,500. The payment will come from the city’s utility capitol reserve fund.
While the agreement was made before current city administrator Kevin Flanagan took office, he said it was standard procedure in “a lynchpin development” area of town.
“You plan for the future when running new utilities,” he said.
Located along Highway 34 south of town, by the hospital and now also by a hotel, Flanagan envisioned the area cropping up with restaurants, professional offices, medial facilities and possibly even multi-family housing.
“It’s a major growth quarter of Fairfield,” said Flanagan. “I think we’ll see a lot of development there.”