Chatfield council reviews engineering
proposals for upcoming utility project
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 3:17 AM
The Chatfield City Council held a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 30, to address a few items.
Of note were the engineering proposals for the design and installation of utilities by EZ Fabricating along St. Albans Place. The council reviewed the proposals but took no action on them during the special meeting.
Local civil engineering firm G-Cubed had submitted a proposal to do the work along St. Albans Place since the company had done all the engineering work for the adjacent EZ Fabricating site, Lone Stone subdivision and lift station. One option the city was presented would cost $8,500 for all work and associated services.
At the Nov. 25 regular city council meeting, the council had determined that G-Cubed's proposal, if approved, would be in addition to work already specified in a proposal by WSB and Associates, Inc., the city's engineering firm. The understanding came about because it was shared at the meeting that WSB costs would not decrease by much if the G-Cubed proposal was accepted. The council had approved the proposal from WSB.
G-Cubed project engineer Mark Welch contacted the city and spoke at the Dec. 9 Public Works Committee to clarify the council's understanding of what the firm was offering. Welch informed the committee that its option was not in addition to WSB's proposal, but included all construction staking and contract administration work that was necessary.
The proposal from G-Cubed, therefore, could stand alone. The committee determined it would be open to reconsider the G-Cubed offer.
At the special council meeting, the council members decided to table the issue until their next regular meeting on Jan. 13. It was unclear to the council members how the two proposals compared to each other. Also, the council was unsure if it would be able to legally reconsider the G-Cubed proposal having already approved the WSB proposal.
The council decided to have City Clerk Joel Young and City Attorney Fred Suhler, both of whom were absent from the meeting, review the proposals.
The St. Albans Place work is part of the larger 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Project, which will have work done on Twiford Street, Bench Street and West Chatfield as well. Planning and design engineering services for all four aspects was placed by WSB at $89,300.
After an application and interview process for a maintenance worker position, the council approved the hire of Bill DuBord. He was selected from a pool of 30 applicants, five of whom were interviewed.
A temporary liquor license was approved to be issued to the Chatfield Firefighters' Activities Association for a bean bag tournament held at Bernard Bus during Chill Fest on Jan. 25.
The final pay estimate for the 2013 street project was approved.