Sewer system to get upgrades
At their joint meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, the Water and Sewer Commissions unanimously approved a suite of upgrades to the town’s sewer system totaling $639,000 that will now go out to bid. The bid package includes a variety of improvements, including replacement pumps, new by-pass valves, force main replacements and a series of maintenance and safety measures.
The package does not include a line item for surveillance cameras for the town Wastewater Treatment plant, as had been discussed at an earlier meeting. Sewer Superintedent Chris Blane had decided not to fund that project at this time.
Sewer Committee Chair Pete McNerney wondered why the various jobs were being put out together under one bid.
Town Engineer Jim Geremia said that it was a question of whether the committees wanted him to supervise one general contractor that oversees all the work or monitor several smaller companies doing various jobs. The upgrades include work for electrical and mechanical contractors (as an example, for the installation of ventilation systems and exhaust fans), as well as some roofing work for the Solids Handling and Blower buildings.
McNerney said he was looking to break up the bid package in order to “try to give some of the island contractors a shot at the business.” Ultimately, the two committees voted to bundle the jobs together.
Geremia, in a letter to the Sewer Commission, said he anticipated that some projects can begin as early as April of 2014 and have everything complete by Dec. 31, 2014.
In other committee business, Sewer and Water Superintendents Chris Blane and John Breunig have been asked to create an employee handbook for the two departments. They will bring an outline of the proposed document to the committees at their November meeting.
Two properties have been added to the town’s water district: Plat 6, lot 62, owned by Barbara Bebby and Paul P. DelPrete, and plat 6, lots 59, 60 and 61, owned by the Murray Revocable Trust.
Monthly reports presented by Blane and Breunig indicated the month of August went smoothly for both departments.