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Pre-bid meeting held for IDEM-mandated sewer projects; bids due Dec. 20


The city of Sullivan’s Board of Public Works and Safety conducted a pre-bid construction meeting for state-mandated projects at their sewer plant on Tuesday.

The city is mandated to comply with an Indiana Department of Environmental Management agreed order to complete phosphorus removal and Lagoon No. 4 abandonment projects by the end of 2019.

Project Manager Dann Barrett, United Consulting, reviewed aspects of the projects and answered questions posed by prospective bidders at the Sullivan Civic Center.

According to the sign-in sheet, eight potential bidders were represented at the pre-bid meeting: Mitchell & Stark; Graves Plumbing; Underground Solutions; B & T; Plant Bros.; S & K; Reynolds Construction; and Dashiell Construction.

“This has been a long, ongoing process,” Sullivan Mayor and BPW member Clint Lamb said. “This is a mandated project … I don’t think anybody on the Board of Works or the City Council just wants to go out and work on projects like this. 

“The phosphorus removal is not just for the people of Sullivan, but is statewide, nationwide for that matter. And as far as the east lagoon, once again you’ve got a 1960s lagoon system that (IDEM) has mandated we decommission.”

The phosphorus removal project is required to satisfy the current effluent phosphorus limits included in the city’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharge permit.

This project involves building a wood-framed chemical storage tank and chemical feed pump system; provide two chemical feed points (below grade injection and above grade open drip); and site piping.

The lagoon decommission project involves building a duplex submersible lift station; approximately 100 LF of 12- to 15-inch gravity sewer; approximately 4,500 LF of 10-inch force main including two locations — under two railroads — with trenchless casing installation and horizontal directional drilling installation; and structure demolition.

The date for bids to be submitted to the BPWS is 2 p.m. Dec. 20, when they will be opened. These bids call for substantial completion of the phosphorus removal project in 180 days from notice to proceed, 210 days for the lagoon abandonment project.

Final completion dates are 30 additional days out for both of the respective aforementioned projects.

Barrett also discussed bid requirements, bid alternates, certifications needed, permit requirements and financing.

Financing sources for the projects are an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant and a State Revolving Fund loan. Kenna Consulting is the grant administrator for these projects. 

“Once again, happy OCRA came through with $700,000 towards this project,” Lamb said.

Lamb confirmed both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2019, as required by IDEM.

“We are on a timeline and schedule for IDEM and we’re just trying to abide by that timeline,” the mayor said.



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