Bidding process delays BWD projects

WELLSVILLE — Two Buckeye Water District projects will be on hold for a short time as contractual and bidding matters are handled.

The BWD board of trustees approved Thursday a resolution, in reference to the Salineville water tank installation, to extend the bidding time on the contracts with Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems Inc. and Pusateri Excavating of East Liverpool, the supplier and contractor handling construction of the new tank and contractor handling site improvements, respectively. The new date, as agreed by the board, is Sept. 22.

District Attorney Fred Emmerling advised the board the district will need to submit paperwork to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for review before it can grant final approval, but noted the district still has documents that it has not received yet, and that it will take longer than the normal 60 days to execute the contracts.

“There are some of the documents that we’re waiting to receive, at least from the one contractor, and I’ve talked to them,” Emmerling said. “Normally we’re going to have the contract executed within 60 days at the time of the bid. At this point in time, the documents that have to be generating yet by some of the contractors to improve, it’s going to be difficult if not impossible to reach that goal.”

Emmerling also said five copies of the contract will need to be submitted to the USDA.

The village’s previous storage tank was demolished earlier this summer by Allison Contracting in preparation for the installation of the new tank. The old structure suffered significant damage in February 2016 after its roof collapsed due to a winter storm. District officials decided to go with a new tank instead of refurbishing the aging structure.

Meanwhile, a new bidding date will take place next week in regard to the long-awaited Hibbetts Mill water line project after the district turned down recently-presented bids.

In District Manager Al DeAngelis’ report, the district had received the bids on the project earlier this month, but found the bids were more than the estimate by more than 10 percent. As a result, the district had condensed the project and put it back up for bidding.

Rick Williams, chairman of the Bidding and Contracting Out Committee, said the new bids will be opened at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the district’s Clark Avenue offices.

In other business, the board approved the July treasurer’s report, which reported a net loss of $281,995.33. For July, the district received $292,210.09 in revenues, while incurring $574,205.42 in expenses, largely due to loan payments for the district’s transmission main, pump station and intake. The finance committee presented the report, which was reviewed during Wednesday’s committee meeting.

Also, in an update related to the district’s upgraded software systems, Computer Study and Purchase Committee chairman Mike Lynn reported the office is still working with Software Solutions Inc. to integrate district data to its sandbox, which was installed by SSI. The sandbox is being used for training purposes for the office staff as they look to familiarize themselves with the new programs which are anticipated to go live this fall.

The Board of Trustees will hold its next regular meeting 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Wellsville Village Hall.