New Boston Village Council — minus a few members — met for its regular session meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2. During the meeting, council heard from an engineer for their sewer project and received bids for the work.
“Today (Tuesday) we took bids on Phase 3 CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) improvements. This is to extend the storm sewer separation up Glenwood all the way from Rhodes to the old school. That will take the creek water that’s currently running down Glenwood into the new 72-inch storm sewer directly to Munn’s Run,” said Engineer Mark Sneve, from Strand Associates.
He said the village has obtained funding for this project by the Army Corps. of Engineers, and a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority (OWDA) through the Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA) program.
“You have obtained enough money from these sources that this project will have no cost to the citizens of New Boston,” Sneve said.
He said that four bids were received, and the lowest came from Field’s Excavating of Kitts Hill, Ohio, with a total bid of $1,051,258. Field’s Excavating was previously contracted to complete Phase 2 of the sewer project.
“As your engineer, I would recommend you consider awarding the contract to Field’s Excavating,” Sneve said. “I should say that the bids for the construction work were less than we estimated the project to cost. The bids were very favorable to the village.”
Council accepted his recommendation and said a resolution will be brought forward during the next meeting for a first reading. The issue requires three public readings before it can be implemented, unless council votes to suspend the rules and accept it as an emergency measure.
Work is expected to break ground in four months, and would continue for about 2-3 months. After completion, the village will begin consideration of Phase 4 of the project. Details of Phase 4 will not be available until the results of Phase 3 are known.
After discussing the sewer project, several members of council praised the village service department for their work during the recent snow that covered the area. Village Administrator Steve Hamilton reported that he has received many compliments, both at home and at work, from citizens pleased with the service department’s efforts.
Councilmen Jon Mills and Johnnie Steele were absent from the meeting. Councilman Mike Payton was ill and was not expected to attend, which would have left the meeting without a quorum and forced to adjourn; but Payton did show up before the meeting began and business continued.
New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers of the Vern Riffe Community Center in New Boston. The next regular meeting will be Feb. 16.
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