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Elmer City water extension team earns award


The creation of a new water service for Elmer City has garnered an award for those who made it happen.

Elmer City’s water extension team, made up of Mayor Mary Jo Carey, Town Clerk Renée Tillman and Public Works Director “Jimmer” Tillman, along with the Colville Tribes and Indian Health Services, have been recognized with a “Recognition of Excellence” award for working together successfully for creating a regional water service.

The local groups were nominated for the award by the Portland Area Indian Health Services.

The project brought new service to the Riverview Water Association, Lone Pine and Grandview Village Trailer Court, and cost $905,475.

Singled out from IHS were project engineers David Farley and George Raskell.

The new regional service is being operated by Elmer City and was entirely paid for by Indian Health Services.

The award stated: “Combining these three systems required a high level of coordination among the parties involved.”

Lisa True of the Colville Tribes’ Public Works Housing provided coordination, and Lewis Adolph provided significant assistance as the tribal construction inspector, the citation noted.

“Despite the multiple parties and agencies involved, this contract team formed a strong partnership and was successful in carrying out the work. In the short span of about seven months, the Town of Elmer City was able to advertise, and award the work, carry out all of the construction work within the project funding amount, and hold final inspection,” the award continued.

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