INVITATION TO BID: INVITATION TO BID The City of Shallowater will receive bids for installation of water lines and valves until 3:00 pm on June 4th, 2020 at 12402 Slide Road, Ste. 409, Lubbock, Texas 79424. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time and location. Major components of the work are as follows: Furnish and install 700 feet of 6” C900.  Furnish and install one fire hydrant, four 6” gate valves, one 4” gate valve, and approximately 1000 lbs. of 6” fittings.  Furnish and install six inch Inserta-Valve.  Complete approximately 40 sq. yds. of asphalt paving repair. Furnish traffic control, as required.                                                                                                                                                    Bid/Contract Documents, including Drawings and Technical Specifications are on file at the office of the Engineer at 12402 Slide Road, Ste. 409, Lubbock, Texas 79424 (806-687-8322, [email protected]) and available at no cost in either print or electronic form. Please direct questions to Chester “Ches” Carthel, P.E. A Bid Bond (issued by an acceptable security), in the amount of 5 percent of the bid, shall be submitted with each bid. A certified check or bank draft payable to the City of Shallowater, or negotiable U.S. Government Bonds (at par value) may be submitted in lieu of the Bid Bond. The successful Bidder must furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the amount of the contract, from a Surety Company holding a permit from the State of Texas, to act as a Surety or other Surety, or Sureties satisfactory to the Owner. Attention is called to the fact that not less than the federally determined prevailing (i.e., Davis-Bacon) wage rate, as issued by the Texas Department of Commerce and contained in the Contract Documents must be paid on the project. In addition, the successful bidder must ensure that employees and applicants for employment are no discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The City of Shallowater reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding. Bids may be held by the City of Shallowater for a period not to exceed ninety (90) calendar days from the date of the bid opening for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the bidder’s qualifications prior to awarding of the contract.

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As early as 1909 J. C. (Jim) Bowles, whose ranch was adjacent to the site of what is now Shallowater, persuaded Bob Crump, a member of a ranching family, to help form a townsite company and attract a railroad to go through the area. Land was purchased for the townsite on May 18, 1909. A school was built at that time. After Santa Fe railroad officials received a bonus from rancher George W. Littlefield of the Yellow House Ranch, negotiations were finally completed. The originators of the plan, and other interested individuals, formed the Ripley Townsite Company, which was named after a Santa Fe railroad official and was incorporated on May 22, 1909. The company decided to name the new town Shallowater to attract settlers.

On June 26, 1913, a celebration was held to note the founding of the town and completion of the railroad. By the time the town was established, the ranching industry in the area was waning and many of the large ranches were being divided into smaller lots for farmers. Cotton became an important cash crop. During the 1920s, Shallowater grew rapidly, and the town had a hotel, a lumberyard, and various filling stations, grocery stores, cotton gins, drugstores, barbershops, garages, blacksmith shops, and other businesses. Several churches and schools were also built. A county park with a clubhouse was established, a public well was constructed, and a real depot building was built to replace the boxcar the town had been using for years.

From 1920 to 1922, the railroad station was known as Pacita. In 1928, the town had an estimated population of 250. In 1955, Shallowater was incorporated with a mayor-council form of city government, and during the 1960s, the town had five churches, a school, a bank, a library, and a newspaper. The community in 1970 had 30 businesses, including one of the largest hatcheries in the county. The population of Shallowater was 1,001 in 1960 and 1,339 in 1970. In the late 1980s, Shallowater had a post office, 17 businesses, and a population of 2,107. It was a farm marketing center with processing and storing facilities. In 2010, the population was 2,484.

"By April 1st, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020. Visit the 2020 Census website for more info."


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