Fri, Feb 23, 2018 10:36 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Sewer mess is almost finished
by Leigh Ann Ward

SALYERSVILLE — Residents suffering through the upheaval of an unfinished sewer project may be nearing the end of the well-intended mess.

At a special meeting of the Salyersville City Council Tuesday evening, the contract was awarded to a new company, Tri State and Music, which submitted the lowest bid for finishing the project.

The Royalton project, contract No. 3, had originally been awarded to E & D Construction but had to be rebid after the company could not get bonded.

According to Kevin Howard, engineer for Summit Engineering, Tri State and Music’s bid was higher than the original bid from E & D but was still within the city’s funding limits.

Originally, the bid for the Royalton project was between $1.93 and $1.94 million. Tri State’s bid came in at $2,245,199.

“We’ll be using some of the contingency, but it is still within limits,” Howard told council Tuesday.

According to Howard, the city is supposed to keep approximately five percent of the cost of the project in a contingency fund for change orders and other unforeseen circumstances. After subtracting the extra for Tri State’s bid, the city will have between $250,000 and $300,000 left in the fund.

The motion was approved unanimously by council, but was awarded contingent on the approval of the funding agencies approval of the bid.

Also discussed at Tuesday’s meeting was the Coal Branch project, contract No. 1, which had been awarded to B & L Contractors but has been left uncompleted after the company filed chapter 11 bankruptcy and pulled all of its equipment from the job site.

At a previous meeting, council voted to pursue the $100,000 bid bond from B & L’s bonding company for the breach of contract, but Howard informed the council Tuesday that the bonding company, Lincoln General, was not being very cooperative.

“I can’t get much out of Lincoln General,” Howard told council.

According to the contract, Lincoln General is responsible for finding a contractor to finish the project.

Howard told the council that the bonding company has exceeded its time limit and recommended that the council have the city attorney write Lincoln General another letter informing the city that the company is out of time and that the council wants a resolution to the situation.

Council did discuss briefly the idea of hiring another contractor to come in and finish the job, but Howard voiced concerns about a bankruptcy judge “coming after” the city.

Council approved the motion to have city attorney Mike Lyons write another letter to Lincoln General in which he is also to include that the company will be charged for any work the city does to improve the road until the project is completed.

Other items discussed at Tuesday’s special meeting were possible action on the bid bond for the Royalton project, which was tabled, and a proposed change order on grinder pumps.

Action on the change order for the grinder pumps was also tabled to give Howard time to confer with the contractor to see if the contractor would do all of the hook-up associated with the grinder pumps.

The change order was submitted after Howard and contractors found that the original plan for the hook-up would not be approved by the electric company, which added additional cost onto the placement and hook-up for the pumps.

Howard suggested to council that due to insurance costs, each resident hire their own electrician to install the hook-up inside the house, which would cost an additional estimated $100 per customer.

Mayor Stanley Howard and several other council members were not in favor of making residents pay more money for the hook up and asked the engineer to try to get the contractor to handle the entire hook-up process.

Mayor Howard also asked if there were funds to pay for the cost in the budget, suggesting that the $100,000 bid bond from contract No. 1, Coal Branch, could be used for that purpose.

The engineer informed council that the change order asked for $250 for each pump and that there are more than 300 pumps that have to be installed, which would run into “some big money quick,” but council still preferred avoiding additional costs to customers.

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