Contracts awarded for Kiski Valley sewer projects
The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority's $28 million expansion plan is set to go.
Authority members on Wednesday night awarded contracts for the project that will double the capacity of the sewage treatment plants that serves 13 municipalities.
• Galway Bay Corp. of Jeannette was awarded a $23.47 million construction for the plant, which is in the Pine Run section of Allegheny Township.
Galway Bay edged out Kukurin Contracting of Export by about $1.1 million.
Other bidders included Kokosing Construction, P.J. Dick Inc. and Layne Heavy Civil Inc.
• Kirby Electric Inc. of Warrendale was awarded a nearly $4.56 million contract for electrical work associated with the plant construction.
Eight other companies submitted bids for the electrical work, including Allegheny City Electric, Bronder Technical Services, Frankl Electric, Lanco Electric of Allegheny Township, NexGen Industrial Services, Right Electric, Wellington Power Corp. and Westmoreland Electric Inc.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for January and construction is expected to take up to 16 months.
The project will be paid for by charging member municipalities a fee based on the amount of sewage each municipality sends to the plant. A construction bond was obtained by the authority in 2009.
The construction cost came about $2 million above authority estimates, while the electrical contract was about $150,000 less than anticipated.
Officials will wait until about a year into the project before determining if a loan is needed to cover the extra costs.
A $1.5 million contingency plan exists.
Authority Manager Bob Kossack said in the worst case scenario, a $2.02 monthly surcharge per customer might be necessary.
No rate increases are anticipated during the construction process, which was held up about a year as the authority awaited state Department of Environmental Protection approval.
In other business:
• The authority is seeking the cause of raw sewage entering the Kiski River under the Leechburg Bridge.
Cameras installed in the sewerage lines should be able to determine the source of the discharge.
At this point, state officials aren't holding the authority responsible.
• An audit done by Joseph Estermyer and Associates of Parks Bend found no issues or irregularities in authority finances.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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