Salem council OKs seeking bids for utility work

SALEM — City council gave approval Tuesday for the seeking of bids and a contract for the Franklin Street water and sewer line replacement projects.

Plans call for replacing the 4-inch water line with a 6-inch water line from South Broadway Avenue to South Lincoln Avenue at an estimated cost of $290,000 for construction, with $19,000 for contingencies and $38,500 for engineering.

The existing sewer line, which measures 4 inches at South Broadway and has some different sizes will be replaced with an 8-inch line from South Broadway Avenue to just west of South Lincoln Avenue at an estimated cost of $250,000 for construction, with $18,250 for contingencies and $34,500 for engineering.

The Salem Utilities Commission will cover the costs with water and wastewater funds.

The city Utilities Committee met prior to the council meeting and voted to recommend council approve the request to advertise for bids and enter into contract for the projects. Committee Chair Councilman Geoff Goll asked about the age of the lines, which Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said go back as early as 1886 in that area. The original cost estimates were figured last year, so Weingart said he’s expecting the construction cost to possibly go up, but pointed out that bidding in the spring is better because they may get a better price. He said the engineer is working on the plans now.

The new pipes will be made of PVC plastic, replacing cast iron water lines.

Weingart said there won’t be any difference in water pressure but there will be an increase in water volume.

Once the project is finished, the city plans to repave the stretch using CDBG funds.

Howells and Baird is the engineering firm overseeing the water and sewer line replacements.

In other business, council agreed to let the city service/safety director advertise for bids and enter contracts for gasoline and diesel for up to a year and held first reading on an ordinance for the service/safety director to seek bids and sell a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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