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Sewer plant starting July 14
7/3/2008 By: Carole McWilliams
When is work going to start on Bayfield's new sewage treatment plant?
July 10 was the date for something to start happening, Town Manager Justin Clifton told town trustees on June 17.
This week he said it will be July 14. "It's when we will have final approval from the universe of people who are making this so difficult to move forward," he said. “July 10 would have been the earliest possible date to issue the
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notice to proceed (to the contractor). We decided to issue that on July 14” since it's a Monday.
That will be the notice to proceed, he said. The contractor will have to mobilize equipment on site, and actual dirt work should start fairly quickly after the 14th.
This week some residents on E. East Street were objecting to the new sewer plant access south of the old mid school gym and cafeteria.
The town acquired access this spring through parts of two lots on the west side of E. East Street to replace the much more roundabout sewer plant access from the south across private ranch land, through several gates that have to be opened and closed.
That access has major problems, including the amount of time it takes per trip, and it’s not suitable for construction traffic, Clifton said. But the traffic impact on E. South Street will be less than the traffic from a single family home, he asserted.
The construction contract is for just under $5.4 million. But with engineering, property acquisitions, electric service upgrade and other costs, the total cost is listed at $7.1 million.
“Luckily we were very aggressive in raising what seemed like almost $1 million more than what we needed," Clifton reported. "That 'extra' money is saving us the headache of scrambling for more money this late in the game.”
The town has $7.4 million for the project – a $5 million loan from the Colorado Water and Power Authority, a $1.4 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, a $300,000 federal Community Development Block Grant, and $700,000 from the former Bayfield Sanitation District.
Clifton said $700,000 is a conservative estimate of sanitation district money available for construction versus operating costs.
“We are waiting on a sanitation district audit to determine how much capital reserve money they had to transfer," Clifton said on June 17.
"I thought in the beginning that we would over-shoot our funding needs and be able to pay for the Gem Village lift station without additional financing. That no longer looks likely," he said.
The lift station and transmission line to the new plant is the preferred alternative to also expanding or replacing the small Gem Village sewage lagoons. The cost for the line and lift station is estimated at around $1 million.
The notice of awarding the construction contract for the Bayfield plant was issued in mid June. Clifton said that for the purposes of satisfying the town's compliance schedule with the state, that qualifies as having the new plant under construction.
The contractor has 12 months after the notice to proceed to have the work "substantially completed."
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