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Sullivan poised to approve bids soon for pair of IDEM-mandated sewer projects


The city of Sullivan is drawing closer to starting state mandated sewer system repairs, costing about $2 million, it was reported at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting last week.

“Our engineers have given us a recommendation for the contractor on the phosphorus removal, but we have yet to get a recommendation of which bid to accept on the East Lagoon project,” Sullivan mayor Clint Lamb said after the meeting. “We’re waiting on that from our consultants.”

The city opened bids in late December for the two projects — complete phosphorus removal and Lagoon No. 4 abandonment projects — which must be completed by the end of 2019.

Five bids were received for the lagoon project, four bids for the phosphorus removal project during a BPWS special session. All the bids were taken under advisement by the city’s project manager, United Consulting.

The city has already received word it would receive $700,000 in Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant funding. The other financing source for the projects is a State Revolving Fund loan.

“The consultants feel the numbers that were presented are in line with what Umbaugh presented to the council last year.” Lamb said. “So we can go ahead and close on the state revolving fund bond in Indianapolis tentatively (on Wednesday at) 10 a.m.

“Between now and (Wednesday) we will have a recommendation” on the lagoon work. “We will officially accept those bids … do either a special session or we will do it at the April Board of Works (meeting).”

In other business:

• Sullivan police chief Micheal Garrett reported a Caprice purchased from recently from the county is “lettered up … looking real nice. Next step is to get the light bar on. It’s already in service, but we want to make it more visible.”

• Sullivan fire chief Rob Robertson reported seven applications have been received for an open firefighter position. Testing for those applicants is set for Saturday, “if they all show up,” he said. The next step, he mentioned, would be the interview process in a BPWS special session.

• Lamb reported J.D. Wilson has been named as assistant street superintendent. Also, two seasonal employees were hired and are already working.

• Sullivan utility superintendent Tony Burkhart reported three sewer calls were handled in the previous month, jetting about 1,200 feet of mains; assisted the street department with road patching for safety and traffic control; cleaned and dug out culverts on North State Street; 11 projects have been identified; and cleaned out a structure at corner of South Court and East Jackson streets which takes on the county courthouse’s lateral main that had a lot of debris in it.

• The March city council meeting that normally follows the BPWS meeting was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.

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