GARLAND — Town officials are continuing to move forward with plans to improve water infrastructure in the area.
During a recent meeting, the Garland Board of Commissioners approved a bid from Step Construction Inc. of La Grange, for $1.15 million through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Some of the work for the Wastewater Collections Systems Improvements project includes the construction of gravity sewer lines, rehabilitation of 38 manholes and installation of 10,000 feet of cured-in-place pipe lining.
The CDBG is a program that provides communities with resources for unique community developments. For Garland, one of the observations was the amount of water sold and the amount pumped. Through the improvements, town officials hope to reduce water loss from over pumping.
McGill Associates, a consultant firm, assisted the town through the process of improving sewer line and manholes improvements. Based out of Asheville, the company offers a variety of consulting, engineering and landscape architecture service to their clients.
A bid meeting was held in early March, and Step Construction Inc. was one of four companies present and submitted the lowest cost. Step Construction is licensed by the North Carolina General Contractor Board and completed similar works in other areas in the state.
The others bidders included CaJenn Construction of Hoboken, Ga.; Wells Brothers Construction of Turkey; and State Utility Contractors of Monroe.
Town Clerk/Finance Officer Pamela Cashwell reported that $1.19 million was originally planned for the project, but it was decreased through conversations with Commissioner Ralph Smith regarding manholes. The new plan will be to rehabilitate them instead of replacing them. State officials will have to be notified about the changes.
The approval came pending final acquisition of project easements. A memorandum of negotiation has been completed to change the project to decrease the cost with officials signing and agreeing.
“Pending acquisition of required easement, this approval then should allow the mayor to execute the notice of award contract once the easement revisions come through,” Cashwell reported.
In order to stay on schedule with the contract deadlines, the contract has to be executed before April 10.
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