Utilities Commission OKs East 12th St. water line bid

SALEM – The city Utilities Commission awarded the contract for the East 12th Street water line replacement project to Craig Edward Susany, a North Lima firm which submitted the lowest bid.

The commission took action on the contract Thursday after a brief update on the project.

The bid of $112,517 was well below the engineer’s estimate of $117,000 for construction. Other bids ranged from $120,114 to $166,355.

The other bidders and their bids included: Utility Contracting Inc., $166,355; Mike Pusateri Excavating, $137,498; Radzik Excavating, $128,487; S.E.T. Inc., $126,964; X-Press Underground Inc., $122,224; and L & S Excavating & Trucking, $120,114.

Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said the utilities department has worked with Craig Edward Susany before and so has Howells & Baird, the engineering firm on the project.

Weingart said the state hasn’t issued the permit to install yet, but he’s expecting approval. The location of the water main had to be moved a little bit to ensure it was 10 feet from the storm sewer.

The street is located in Perry Township, but the water line is owned by the city of Salem and the water service is provided by the city of Salem. Plans call for installation of a new 6-inch water main to replace the current 2-inch main which has been experiencing a lot of leaks in the last several years.

Increasing the size of the line between North Lincoln Avenue and North Union Avenue will improve the infrastructure.

Weingart said he met with Perry Township Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix about the project and Mix requested an agreement between the two entities, mostly concerning repair of the road after the work is completed. An agreement will be written and will be approved at a future trustee meeting.

Weingart said the road will be repaved from South Lincoln Avenue to South Union Avenue, curb to curb.

In other business, Weingart updated commission members on the Stewart Road Reservoir project aimed at improving water circulation and water age to reduce Total Trihalomethanes. TTHMs are the by-products formed when naturally-occurring organics come into the water supply and react with the chlorine used as a disinfectant to control contaminants in the water. The city has received notice of a couple of violations from the state for going over the maximum level allowed.

He said the 20-inch concrete main is scheduled to be tapped on July 1 for the project, with 20-inch and 16-inch mains installed for the exterior water main modification at the reservoir and a submersible mixer installed in the reservoir. He said they’re hoping to have everything all put together by the end of August.

Commission Chairman Bob Hodgson asked if there will be a disruption of service for customers, but Weingart said customers should not see any difference while the work is being done, barring any major water breaks.

Hodgson noted that the reason for all the work was to reduce the TTHM levels.

“We are doing everything in our power to get those numbers down,” he said.

The commission also:

– tabled any action on an informal request by the engineering firm Burgess & Niple for more funds for their work on the Salem Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase I Improvement Project, pending a formal request with more detail.

– agreed to further discuss a new Utilities Storage building off of Second Street to replace storage being lost when the Cranmer bridge is redecked next summer. David Vollnogle of Howells & Baird advised them of some of the considerations for the site and estimated a cost of $50 to $55 per square foot. They had talked previously about a 3,600-square foot building, but had not settled on a size.

-heard an update from wastewater treatment plant manager Jeff Zimmerman on the Phase I improvement project, saying the work is going well and should be done by the August deadline.

– heard an update from city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst on completion of the storm water management program, noting the map of the storm sewer system has been provided to the utilities department and everything required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been finished, including public education and the distribution of a brochure. He also offered thanks to former council president Mickey Cope Weaver for her help in meeting the public education requirement.

The commission tentatively set the next meeting for 4 p.m. July 17.