PICKING UP STEAM: South Whitley sewer project fully under way

SOUTH WHITLEY — Phase II of the waste water treatment facility project is under way, according to Project Manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink. Progress is being made on the combined sewer overflow (CSO) basin. Fleis and Vandenbrink provides a wide-range of service for municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial and private development clients. “Construction is underway and progress is being made,” Harvey said in Tuesday evenings town council meeting. With three bids received, Gerig-Ottenweller was awarded the Phase II project with a bid of $3,087,000 for the main project with an alternate bid of $27,000 for material revisions.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 Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A, and was awarded the grant in June.“They (Gerig-Ottenweller) are working on the CSO basin right now and doing some clearing of trees,” Harvey said. “The (Gerig-Ottenweller) contract is a little bit behind schedule and they had some organizational issues they had to work through, along with getting shop drawing submittals.”Harvey also provided Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould with the first application for payment in Phase II which totals $13,500.“At the next meeting there will also be a change order to lower the (Gerig-Ottenweller) contract price with programming,” Harvey said.Phase II includes upgrades to the waste water treatment plant by enlarging the main water inceptor along Water and Main Streets, constructing a headwaters work building, and a new electrical building on an adjacent property. With a financial plan for the project already developed, the town applied for an estimated 2.9 million dollar loan from the State Revolving Fund (SRF). The upgrade is required by state regulation.Phase II will also replace the current 12-inch sewer to a 24-inch sewer which goes to the treatment plant from the bridge. The upgraded 24-inch sewer will allow more flow to the treatment plant and have a larger pumping station, converting one tank from an aeration basis to a CSO basin which will allow the solvents to settle out and become chlorinated and de-chlorinated before passing through the Eel River.