By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY- A number of city projects were discussed including the East Madison Avenue waterline project and the Waste Water Treatment Plant during Thursday’s regular Utilities and Streets Committee meeting.
Director of Utilities John Ensman explained engineers estimated the East Madison Avenue project to be about $99,800. Ensman added the water line is an Issue 2 project where 50 percent of project is paid by state funds (OPWC and 50 percent of the project is paid by city funds (502 Fund-Water Capital Improvement).
The bid opening took place on July 6 at 10 a.m., where three bids were opened. Ensman stated all three bids were under the engineers estimate. The three bids were: $91,777, $86,580, and $81,535. Ensman added the Project Coordinator was finalizing the bid award process.
A city wide auction will be taking place on Wednesday, July 25 at 5 p.m., Ensman stated.
“City owned equipment is to be auctioned. There will be one 2010 Dodge Charger, one 2011 Dodge Charger, one 1999 Dodge 2500 4x4 pick up truck, one 1985 Chevy dump truck, one 1986 Michigan Front End Loader, and one three axle Hyundai semi trailer,” Ensman said.
Chuck Miller Auctioneer will perform the auction and the auction will take place at 104 North Gamble Street.
Ensman addressed the water tower on Vernon Road.
“There was an installation of a tank bowl mixer and it was installed on July 10. The mixer is designed to help circulate the water and to keep it fresh. This helps keep consistent disinfectant level and helps prevent freezing inside the tank,” Ensman said.
As far as the water Tower on Mickey Road, Ensman explained on July 10 pictures were taken of a visible rust stain area.
“We are in process of scheduling a welding crew to repair the leak. The water tower is under a maintenance program with Utility Service Group so there will be no additional cost to the city,” Ensman said.
Ensman also discussed the need for a sludge drying and containment building at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“A containment building is necessary to keep pressed sludge isolated and free from precipitation after it has been pressed. Current drying field is a concrete slab with no cover. The Waste Water Treatment Plant personnel have little control on the days when the press is available,” Ensman stated. “This can be very problematic and increased the economics of the disposal cost. If sludge is rained upon it retains moisture and health and safety becomes an issue.”
Ensman explained quotes were collected to gauge expenses. After viewing the quotes, Ensman made the recommendation to the committee to complete turnkey build out for $42,000 which included the concrete, building materials, and construction cost.