Water line project delayed due to high bids
By Hank Lohmeyer
Published Thursday, October 15, 2015 9:51 am
Cedaredge's Greenwood Avenue water line won't be replaced this year as had been originally hoped.
The leak-plagued water line has kept town crews busy digging and patching at least several times a year the past few years, according to public works staff who delivered bad news on the project to the town trustees at an Oct. 8 special meeting.
The low bid for replacement of the line came in at a "pretty shocking" $165,000, according to staff. That was two and a half times higher than the $60,000 budgeted for the work.
The money budgeted for this year will be rolled into next year's spending plan. Another project, to be determined, will be scratched to make about $100,000 available for the work next year following town council's decision to postpone the project and reject the two bids on the work.
Trustee Ray Hanson cautioned public works staff to not let the needed repairs be delayed too long. He cited a situation where a water line on NW 5th had to be patched 14 times before the town finally replaced it. "It ate our lunch," he said.
The new Greenwood Avenue water line is to be the source of enhanced irrigation water supply for the Community Garden. The garden directors had been hoping for replacement of the line this fall as a step toward being able to place more plots under cultivation.
In other business at its special Oct. 8 meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• Trustees postponed approving a $55,153 change order for the new sewer plant that would pay for computerized monitoring equipment (SCADA). Public works staff said the needed equipment can be purchased for less money than had been quoted.
• The board approved a $95,528 change order to the sewer plant project to pay for bringing a treated water line to the plant.
• Trustees also reviewed the draft budget for 2016. They were told that proposed total town spending for next year is high ($7.23 million as of last week) because of costs for building the sewer plant.
According to the budget document, the apparent low bid for the sewer plant project construction came in at $4.27 million. Estimated total costs are $5.11 million