GREENVILLE – The second round of tenders resulted in lower bids for the city’s water and sewer extension project, city supervisor Paul Macko said.
“We had a conference call with the EFC (Environmental Facilities Corporation) this morning at 11:30 am,” Macko said on Monday, referring to the organization providing much of the funding for the project. “We have opened the second round of tendering for the water and sewer upgrades. We have five offers.
The project would extend the water and sewer lines, replace a water tank and make other improvements to the system.
The first round of tenders, which opened on June 15, drew responses from five companies to complete the work, but the bids were higher than expected, leaving the city just under $ 2 million to pay. the project.
City council revised the parameters of the project – replacing a 45-year-old tank with a new, smaller, glass-enclosed water tank – and made a bid.
The numbers are lower than in the first round, but Macko did not give details.
“These are just preliminary numbers – we still need the final numbers – but we can save a lot with the second round of bidding,” Macko said on Monday.
The new offers still leave the city with a funding gap, but the numbers are closer to reality.
“Give it or take it, it looks like we’ll need about an additional $ 93,790.75 to complete the sewer and we’ll need $ 327,871.60 to supplement the water,” Macko said.
The first round of bidding left the city with a deficit of around $ 2 million.
The numbers are a big improvement, Councilor Travis Richards said of the difference.
“It’s a big leap from where it was before,” said Richards.
“When we had our public hearing last week, we thought it would be closer to $ 2 million,” Macko said. “I think they could crank up the numbers a bit to give us a cushion in case we had any change orders or something unexpected, but I should have finalized the numbers for our August meeting. We’ll have it all done by then.
The city has grant funds from another sewer project completed three years ago that can be used for this project.
“Basically the sewer end is $ 708,213.58, of which we still have $ 614,422.83 in grants available, so that’s pretty close,” Macko said. “And it looks like the water part of it, we’ve got about $ 1,345,000 in water left, so we’re going to need about $ 328,000 more.”
City Councilor John Bensen asked if federal stimulus funds could be used to finance the project.
“Is it possible to use the COVID money for this?” Bensen asked.
A committee has been set up including Councilors Joel Rauf and Travis Richards, as well as other residents of the community, to identify how the city’s stimulus funds should be spent, and infrastructure could be an option, Macko said.
“There is a possibility,” Macko said. “You have to make sure that you are spending the money according to the guidelines.”
The city supervisor said he would finalize the numbers for the second round of offers – and the shortfall – at the next board meeting on August 16.