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Oregon Council in December approved a contract with Cash Services, LLC., Genoa, for furnishing labor, materials and equipment for the South Shore waterline replacement at Lakeview Avenue and Verdun Street.
Bids for the project were opened on Nov. 21.
Cash Services was among 10 companies that bid, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. It submitted the lowest and best bid at $191,949. The city engineer’s estimate of the project was $224,000.
Other companies that bid include:
• Paschal Bihn & Son Excavating, LLC, Oregon, $234,901;
• Geo Gradel Co., Toledo, $225,385.20;
• Gleason Construction Co., Inc., Holland, $241,972;
• Crestline Paving & Excavating Co., Inc., Toledo, $228,868;
• KF Construction, LLC, Clyde, Ohio, $242,057;
• Buckeye Excavating & Construction, Inc., Norwalk, Ohio, $233,045;
• E.R. Zeiler Excavating, Inc., Temperance, Michigan, $291,532;
• Salenbien Trucking & Excavating Inc., Dundee, Michigan, $220,760.
“Cash Services has done a lot of waterline and sewer work here in the city,” he said.
“These were competitive bids. The average price is around $127 per foot. When we’re looking at future replacement projects, keep in mind it’s expensive to replace waterlines,” Roman said to council.
Lakeview Avenue and Verdun Street, he said, have been “known for rusty water complaints.”
“And Verdun is definitely known for a lot of breaks. These were waterlines that were installed in the 30’s. This is a project I’ve wanted to get to for almost two years now. We finally have it done,” he said.
The project consists of 1,800 feet of waterline replacement.
“You’re going from a 6 inch cast iron pipe to an 8 inch ductile iron pipe. The only problem we ran into is we needed an easement to loop the waterline between the streets,” he said.
As a result, council also approved an agreement with Charles W. and Bonnie S. Berry, of Lakeview Avenue, for temporary and permanent storm sewer easements on their property for the waterline replacement.
The five foot permanent easement goes along the South and East property line, “the shortest available route,” said Roman. “We’re also including drainage tile that will help drain the neighboring parcels.”
The temporary easement allows the contractor during construction to use the driveway area as a staging area to construct the waterline and storm tile, he said
The city paid $1,880 for the easements.
“This project is one that has been contemplated by the city now for some time,” said Councilman Jerry Peach. The amount that was budgeted is $224,000. We are within the budget. I look forward to this project being completed.”
Council recently approved the 2014 budget, which includes a new program for waterline repairs. Council earmarked $800,000 for the program next year and is expected to continue funding the program in following years.