PHASE II CONTINUES: Sewer project in South Whitley ongoing

SOUTH WHITLEY — Phase II of South Whitley’s waste water treatment facility renovation continues as Project Manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink presented the first change order to town council members Tuesday evening.Providing a wide-range of municipal services, Fleis and Vandenbrink is the town’s engineering consultant.With three bids received, Gerig-Ottenweller Construction was awarded the Phase II project with a bid of $3,087,000 for the main project and an alternate bid of $27,000 for material revisions.The first item is the programming required for instrumentation at the treatment plant with the original bid having a cash allowance of $325,000 for the town to utilize a local selected vendor to perform the service.According to Harvey, there have been numerous discussions with Gerig-Ottenweller, along with on-site visits. The first item is to deduct and remove the owner’s cash allowance of $325,000 and add $98,231 to the contract for programming services.Total cost of the project is $3,941,000 which is approximately $400,000 higher than originally anticipated. To aid in funding for Phase II the town applied for a $600,000 grant in February last year from the OCRA which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A, and was awarded the grant in June.The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on March 27.___For a more in depth look at this story, see the March 16 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.