City councilors will take a look at purchasing certain pipes and fittings in advance of the new water treatment plant’s construction phase. (Photo by WangAnQi/Getty Images via Canva)

The Philomath City Council will consider a proposal to purchase certain pipe and fittings in advance for the upcoming water treatment plant construction project during its meeting at City Hall on Monday night.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall and for those not attending in person, it will also be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.

Based on information included in the councilors’ meeting materials, manufacturing issues and a high number of projects nationwide have resulted in very long lead times for delivery. As a result, contractors can end up waiting a significant amount of time to receive materials needed for the job.

Westech Engineering recommends the advance purchase of the pipe and fittings, which reportedly have the longest lead times, and to store the materials until they are ready to be used. Bids received put the price tag of those materials at $136,583 to $146,848. Because of supply chain issues, Westech said a solution could be to split the contract between the two bidders in a way that minimizes the overall delivery time.

Also on the agenda, councilors will consider a resolution to authorize the city manager to sign an agreement that would update the city’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan as well as ordinances related to the comprehensive plan’s housing and economy chapters. Another ordinance to be considered involves a franchise agreement with Alyrica Networks.

A work session had previously appeared on the City Council’s calendar for Monday but that is no longer the case with only the regular meeting on the schedule.