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Plant upgrade bids opened

April 12, 2012
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Two local companies expressed official interest Wednesday afternoon in securing a contract for a $3 million upgrade of the city's wastewater plant.

The Cattrell Cos. of Toronto submitted the low bid of $3,107, 490 for the extensive work designed to upgrade the facility.

The Grae-Con Construction Co. of Steubenville offered a $3,464,715 bid for the project that is expected to take a year for completion.

City Engineer Michael Dolak said the two bids will be reviewed by city officials and the firm designing the project.

According to Wastewater Department Superintendent Chuck Murphy, "the upgrade will allow the plant to take in additional flow and will improve the quality of the effluent going back into the Ohio River."

Murphy said the work will probably last approximately one year.

"The work will include replacing the motors on all five pumps, replacement of the oil accumulator system and the replacement by all operating valve mechanisms for the pumps. This project will also improve the plant performance," explained Murphy.

"The contractor will also replace the electrical panels and put in fiber optic cable to carry information. The inner pieces of the final clarifier will be replaced and hand railing will be installed around the final clarifier," Murphy said.

Council and administration officials spent approximately 70 minutes in September touring the city's sewage treatment plant with representatives from the company preparing for the $3 million capital improvement project.

Tom Unger of MWH Constructors Inc. said the the project will involve replacing clarifiers, or a rake system, at the wastewater plant as well as the Raw Sewage Pump No. 4 that hasn't operated for several decades.

"These clarifiers normally have a typical life span of about 25 years. Your clarifiers have been in service for 35 years," Unger told City Council members during the tour.

Unger said the capital improvement project also will include sewer separation work before University Boulevard is resurfaced in 2013.

"We don't want to do a major upgrade to University Boulevard and then tear it up for this work and have to pave it again. This project will also help us with our ongoing negotiations with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. And our wastewater plant will be operating more efficiently with less storm water entering the system," City Manager Cathy Davison explained during the September tour.

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