By Ryan Ottney
October 23, 2013
Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
New Boston Village Council is meeting for a special meeting on Friday to discuss the latest round of bids for a coming sewer project. This is the second time council has bid the work, after rescinding their initial bid offer last month because of an irregularity in the process.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began sending letters to the village in 2005 asking for a long-term sewer control plan that would divide the village’s current combined sewer system into two separate lines — one sewer line and one storm water line. Chief among their concerns is the village’s combined sewer overflows (CSO), which is what occurs when too much water and sewage flow through the sewer lines. When that happens, the excess flow will bypass the two pump stations and dump into the river. The EPA is also concerned about instances of overflows happening inside people’s basements.
The agency sent a letter to the village in February stating they would impose fines for the period of 2004-09 while the village sewers were not in compliance. Village Solicitor Justin Blume said the EPA agreed to stay those fines as long as the village is making progress to resolve the issues, which the village reports they are.
The project was bid for three phases; the Base Bid (storm sewer separation work from Munn’s Run to Harrisonville Avenue), Alternative A (on Rhodes Avenue, from Harrisonville to Glenwood Avenue), and Alternative B (from Rhodes Avenue, up Glenwood Avenue). Six companies bid on the village project, but one bid — from J&H Erectors in Portsmouth — was incomplete and rejected.
Of the remaining bids, the village decided on Sept. 17 to proceed with the Base Bid and Alternative A work only, for which Fields Excavating submitted a total bid of $2,639,903.80. Council agreed it would be better to complete sewer work beneath Rhodes Avenue as soon as possible, before the state of Ohio repaves the road in 2015. They had planned to rebid work for Alternative B at a later time, hoping to save money on the final project.
After voting to bring a resolution forward to award the bid to Fields Excavating of Kitts Hill in the amount of $2.6 million, the village called for a special meeting to discuss an irregularity in their bid process. Council members met last month and voted to rescind their bid offer to Kitts Excavating and rebid the entire project.
The rebid closed Monday, and Village Solicitor Justin Blume said there were three bids submitted. The identity of the bidders and their amounts will not be made public until council reviews them on Friday. Blume said council will hopefully award a contract during their special meeting.
The special meeting of the New Boston Village Council is Friday at 3 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Community Center, on Rhodes Avenue in New Boston. Council meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the community center. The next regular meeting, after the special meeting, will be Nov. 5.
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