Commission to vote on $42M project


Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades on the agenda

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



PIQUA —The Piqua City Commission will be discussing a $42 million project during their next meeting Tuesday evening.

The commission will vote on preliminary consent to award a contract to Peterson Construction Company for the expansion and upgrades of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The preliminary consent is necessary in order for the city to receive a loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Department of Environmental Financial Assistance (DEFA) for the project.

Peterson Construction was the low bidder for the project, with the base amount of $40,299,750. The commission will be voting on a contract not to exceed approximately $42,314,738, which includes a 5 percent contingency.

The expansion and upgrades for the Wastewater Treatment Plant are needed to comply with a mandate from the Ohio EPA to eliminate sanitary sewer overflow (SSO), which is untreated sewer water overflowing into the Great Miami River. The project will also include a number of other improvements, including increasing the plant’s capacity to treat wet-weather flow without sewer back-ups and treatment tank overflows and the addition of oxidation ditches for biological removal of organics from incoming wastewater. Another notable component to the project is that the plant’s existing chlorine contact tank will also be retrofitted with an ultra-violet (UV) disinfection system, which is expected to be an updated, safer, and more effective disinfection technology.

The construction period for the project is expected to last 38 months — or around three years and two months — but the Ohio EPA’s deadline for the city to eliminate SSO is February 2020, or approximately 31 months away. It is expected that Peterson Construction will complete the infrastructure to eliminate SSO by the February 2020 deadline.

The commission will also be voting on an intent to award a resolution amending the contract with CDM Smith to include construction administration and applications engineering services for the Wastewater Treatment Plant project. That contract will be for $5,186,095. The commission will vote on approving an amount of approximately $5,445,400, which includes a 5 percent contingency.

Following that, the commission will vote on an intent to award a resolution requesting authorization to enter into an agreement with Bowser-Morner, Inc. for testing and observation services for the Wastewater Treatment Plant project. The contract is not to exceed $335,008, which includes a 5 percent contingency. Bowser-Morner will oversee materials testing aspects of the plant construction to ensure quality assurance and quality control.

Both of those resolutions are required in order to receive a loan from DEFA. The actual contracts will be awarded once the loan is secured.

Apart from the Wastewater Treatment Plant project, the commission will also be voting on entering into an agreement with Levin Porter Architects for the design and construction management for a new Health and Sanitation Facility; awarding a contract to Perrty Protech, Inc. and GreatAmerican Financial Services Corporation for the lease of copiers for the city; awarding a contract to Walls Bros. Asphalt Co., Inc. for the Covington Avenue resurfacing project; a resolution accepting for statutory purposes a budget for the calendar year 2018; and more.

The next commission meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in commission chambers on the second floor of the municipal building, which is located at 201 W. Water St.

Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades on the agenda

By Sam Wildow

swildow@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@aimmedianetwork.com or (937) 451-3336