Water Plant Project Seeks Additional Funding

by Audry Kensicki on October 19, 2009

The water plant upgrade project in the City of Zanesville will need additional funding — to the tune of $1.9 million.

At today’s Public Service Committee Meeting, Public Service Director Mike Sims briefed the group on an additional $1.9 million cost.

“It’s a $16 million project and the inspection and administrative costs are about 11% of that, which is about $1.9 million roughly,” said Mike Sims, Public Service Director. “I wanted to have this meeting before next week’s council meeting in order to get the ordinance expedited to get the contractor to work this fall.”

Sims says the project was initially projected to cost $17 million, so he’s hoping with his funding plan and a little bit of lee-way, an ordinance will passed by council. Sims says the reason for the additional cost, was because additional inspection and administrative services required during construction. He say stimulus funds have also sped up construction.

“The stimulus funding moved everything up and crunched it together, forced us to work a little faster,” he said. “We needed to put more people on the design end of things and now in order to beat the weather window, we want to get this under contract and going, staying in sync with stimulus deadlines.”

Sims says he hopes to get the emergency ordinance through city council next week so construction can start this fall.

He says before it gets too cold, Buckeye Drive–which is around the site–needs to be relocated and paved. Once the weather turns too cold, the asphalt plants shut down until warmer weather in the spring.