Commission approves sewer contract

By Jessica LeDuc
Blade staff writer


The Concordia City Commission approved a supplemental contract with Campbell and Johnson Engineers Wednesday to construct and relocate the sewer line in the south development area.
The supplemental agreement was for an additional $10,050, adding on to the original agreement for engineering services of $49,906 that was approved last year.
Don Dean with Campbell and Johnson Engineers said the company is currently under contract with the city to complete the sanitary sewer project, and the additional $10,000 will cover design for extra footage and location of the new line.
At last month's meeting, Commissioners approved moving forward with a $384,905 project to relocate the sewer lines that run through the south development, where a new dam is to be built. The plan is to run the sewer line around the perimeter of the dam project and also allow for future expansion across College Drive and in the area south of Pawnee Mental Health.
Dean said last night the design and bid documents for the project will be completed and approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by the end of the year. He said bid letting is expected to occur in January 2013 with work starting as soon as possible after that. The project needs to be completed before dam construction can start, which is expected to begin toward the end of 2013.
In other dam news, City Commissioner Larry Uri said he had, at Commissioner Charles Johnson's request, checked with KLA Environmental Services engineers about making modifications to the dam designs.
Last month, Johnson asked if the dam at 21st Street would be cheaper if a planned roadbed running across the top of it were left out. In an e-mail to Uri, KLA engineer Jarred Green said removing the fill for the roadbed would result in a decrease in construction costs of approximately $30,000. The change, Green said, would increase the total storage capacity, up to the top of the dam, by around three acre-feet, or less than one-percent of the total volume of the storage capacity. It would not provide a significant increase to any of the current design water level calculations, he said.
Johnson said he didn't think Green's numbers were accurate, and that it was a bad idea to build a road across the dam. Uri pointed out that the Commission had not approved building a road across the dam, just the roadbed. He said he would prefer the roadbed be built to plan for the future.
"If we don't do it now, we lose the opportunity to do it," said Commissioner Tim Parker.
Aside from Johnson, the other Commissioners agreed with Parker, and Uri said he would advise the engineers to leave the roadbed in the design plan.
The Commission also approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for a KLINK resurfacing project for Highway 9 from Archer to Cloud. The city's portion of the project is an estimated $65,305 with the state's share at $195,915.
As part of the project, the Commission also approved a $19,300 agreement with Campbell and Johnson for engineering and design. Public Works Director Ron Copple said the city will pay $7,500 of that for field work and design engineering while KDOT will cover the $11,800 cost of construction engineering and staking.
The Commission also approved purchasing a new Vactor combination sewer cleaner truck for $330,643 and financing it through a loan at Peoples Exchange Bank.
Uri said bids were solicited for a lease purchase option for the truck, and Peoples Exchange was the low bidder at 2.07 percent interest over three years. The city would make a $100,000 down payment on the truck, and borrow the remaining $230,643. Borrowing money from a bank, Uri said, would alleviate the need for a bond.
Also approved was a low bid from Concordia Chevrolet-Buick for a 2011 Chevy Impala for the public works department. The Commission approved the bid of $15,073 without trade, and Copple said he would try to sell the 1998 Pontiac Bonneville.
After a 10-minute executive session for preliminary discussion for acquisition of real estate, after which no action was taken, the Commission adjourned to a study session to discuss water rates and a delinquency fee ordinance.

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