Sewer project nearing completion

By Nicole Cooke -

By Nicole Cooke

After years of planning and construction, the City of Sedalia is only a few months away from the completion of the large $30 million sewer project.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has issued a July 31 deadline for the city’s sewer project, and Olsson Associates Engineer Mike Milius gave one of the last quarterly reports regarding the project during Monday’s Sedalia City Council meeting, noting the project is on budget and on schedule.

“We have basically four contracts that are open, one of which is Phase 1 improvements. Realistically those projects are winding down, they’re substantially complete,” Milius said. “We’re basically waiting for some asphalt plants to open back up so we can use some of the roadway patching associated with that. The equalization project, EQ-1, we are waiting for a gate to be arriving so we can finish that project up (in the next few weeks). The capacity sewer relief, which is the one that got up in everyone’s front yard, and the north and southeast project, we’re winding those down.”

Milius said only one project is open for the Phase 1A project. Pipe work is complete, with only surface restoration remaining. For the relief sewers, at the southeast basin, all pipe is in the ground and cleanup has begun, while work at the north relief sewer is “realistically very close to substantial completion,” he said. The remaining parts of that project include laying pipe under railroad tracks and one block on Main Street, with completion expected in about two weeks.

He added that DNR is not requiring any flow testing as part of the completed project, but Olsson and the city want to conduct tests and flow monitoring with large flows to see where any adjustments may be needed, which is why Olsson plans to finish by the beginning of May.

“On the private side, we will continue to talk about this and the work that needs to get done on the private side. That’s stuff that staff and (Olsson) will be working back and forth and staff will be bringing (council) some options to address the private side of this equation,” Milius said.

The major construction piece going on is the EQ-2 basin, located at 24th Street and New York Avenue. Concrete work is halfway done and pumping equipment is scheduled to arrive in the next couple weeks, so the push is to have it wrapped up in the beginning of April, Milius said.

A public hearing regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget took place at the beginning of the regular council meeting. No citizen comments were given, so council will proceed with the adoption of the FY17 budget during the March 21 meeting.

During the meeting council also:

• Approved Change Order No. 7 from Spray Com Utilities Inc. for a deduction of $81,203.80 for the Collection System Rehabilitation Phase 1A Project, Base Bid-Bid Package No. 2. This deduction brings the contract price to $1,262,525.50.

• Approved Change Order No. 1 from Poort Excavating for a deduction of $8,597.28 for the Storm Drainage Improvements Project Areas 3, 9 and 26. The new contract price is now $96,421.72.

• Approved an application for a 2017 Hazardous Moving Grant through the Missouri Highway Safety Program between the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic and Highway Safety Division. Requested grant amount is $9,629.

• Approved an application for a 2017 DWI Enforcement Grant between the Sedalia Police Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation, Traffic and Highway Safety Division. Requested grant amount is $5,796.

• Approved a resolution personally thanking and commending Ellen Cross for her time serving as Interim Public Works Director for the city.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a $58,471 state block grant agreement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the rebuilding of a taxilane and parking ramp at the Sedalia Regional Airport.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a contract amendment to the Supervised Work Release Program Agreement with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions, Tipton Correctional Center.

• Approved an ordinance approving and accepting a master agreement and associated pricing schedules for switched Ethernet service, IP flexible reach and managed Internet service with AT&T relating to the purchase of telephone service for the city’s telephone system. The city will pay $6,014.55 per month for five years with an automatic 12-month extension.

• Approved an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 9940 relating to deleting an existing classification and job description for collector/assistant to the finance director for the Finance Department and adding a classification and job description for an accounting technician for the Finance Department.

• Approved a bid for health insurance from United Health Care. The change from Midwest Public Risk is expected to save the city more than $100,000, which would help fund some of the unfunded priorities discussed at the last budget work session.

All council members were present.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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