Nichole Hannahs

Consulting Firm Approved

by Nichole Hannahs on January 28, 2013 at 9:38 am

A consulting firm gains approval from Zanesville City Council as the Y-Bridge Lift Station project moves forward.

The estimated cost of the hiring CH2M to oversee the project will be over $385,000. The company was hired based on their qualifications in handling projects of this size. They’ll make sure the contractors stay with-in the perimeters.

"It’s beyond our expertise when you’re talking more than just a simple water, sewer line or a street improvement," said Public Service Director Mike Sims.  "Here you’re dealing with high voltage large pumps and motors, variable frequency drives, structural architectural type work. We don’t have anyone specialized in that."

The city engineer will also be on site to cut down on the cost. Bids for the project will be opened March 5 and Sims said he hopes to be under contract with the construction company by April. More work will take place between April and August.

"Working on shop drawings, getting all the parts ordered and waiting on deliveries. A little bit minor bit of dismantling," said Sims. "We can’t take anything off line because this is a continuously run force main. If we shut that pump off all the sewage from the north end going to overflow into the Muskingum River."

The project will last a year and is estimated to cost around $2.78 million.

In other council news, two moral claims were tabled until next council meeting so that council members could look into the claims further.