Tuesday, February 26, 2013

D'Agostini Submits Low Bid on Karegnondi Water Intake Pipeline Project (UPDATED)

Earlier today, Genesee County received and opened bids for the first phase of the new Karegnondi water pipeline. The first phase involves construction of a 78" intake pipeline that will extend 2 miles into Lake Huron. The low bid was submitted by L. D'Agostini & Sons.

1.     L. D’Agostini & Sons . . . . $24,600,000
2.     JayDee / Schoolcraft . . . . . . $25,800,000
3.     Southland JB . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,800,000
4.     RicMan / Super Exc . . . . . .  $27,900,000
5.     Durocher / Michels . . . . . . .  $29,830,000

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Update (5/22):  The Flint Journal reports here that Genesee County has executed a contract with L. D'Agostini & Sons for this contract, and expects work to begin in 30 days.  

Update (10/23/14): The Times Herald reports today (here) that construction of the raw water intake pipeline is almost complete. 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain, RFP Issued for Segment 3 Repair Program, OMID Contract 4

Last week, the Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain Drainage District issued a request for bids for the Segment 3 Repair, Contract No. 4.  

This fourth project involves lining of portions of the Edison Corridor Interceptor downstream of CS9, lining of the Oakland Arm Interceptor (OAI) from CS6 to CS7, and from CS6 to PCI-7. The contract also includes construction of 6 access structures.

A mandatory Site Tour and Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on March 11, 2013. The Site Tour will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Contractors must meet at 9:30 a.m. at the OMID/NTH field office at 13347 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan, 48312 (586-977-2140) and complete the mandatory registration forms for the site tour. The site tour will be followed by a Pre-Bid meeting at 2:00 p.m. Mandatory Registration for the Pre-Bid Meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. Bids are due and will be opened on April 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information about this project, contact Abdulnasser Almadhoun, P.E. at NTH Consultants - 313-237-3942 or by e-mail: aalmadhoun@nthconsultants.com 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Rep. Kurt Heise Introduces (Second) Bill to Create a Regional Water Authority (UPDATED)

On January 22, 2013, Rep. Kurt Heise (R. Plymouth) introduced H.B. 4009, a bill that would incorporate the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department into a regional water and sewer authority. Rep. Heise campaigned in 2010 on a similar plan, and introduced a similar bill in January, 2011 [H.B. 4112] shortly after his first election to the Michigan House of Representatives.

Rep. Kurt Heise (R. Plymouth)
Under Section 4 of the current proposed legislation, H.B. 4009, a new regional water and sewer authority would be incorporated and be governed by a board of directors whose members would be the chief executive officers from each county, city, village and township located in the service area of the regional system.  Board members would then select 5 members to serve a single, 2-year term on the executive committee.  The executive committee would have powers similar to the current Board of Water Commissioners. 

DWSD currently provides water service to 126 communities; 76 communities are served by DWSD's wastewater treatment facilities.  Source: DWSD Factsheet.

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Update (3/4): Rep. Heise's legislation is featured in the March, 2013 issue of American Water Intelligence (here), in which he describes his legislation as a "firewall against the current state of affairs. If Judge Cox cannot or will not make this happen, then my bill is ready to go."    

Monday, February 11, 2013

DWSD Picks the New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCO) to Negotiate Biosolids Project, Contract PC-792 (UPDATED)

On February 8, 2013, less than three weeks after receiving proposals, DWSD identified the New England Fertilizer Company (NEFCO) as the highest ranked proposer for its "Biosolids Dryer Facility" project, Contract No. PC-792.

 DWSD advised the other two bidders last Friday that it would be seeking to negotiate a contract with NEFCO, but reserved the right to proceed to the next highest ranked proposer. DWSD did not identify the second ranked proposer. 

DWSD received proposals on January 23, 2013 from three teams competing for this 20 year contract. 

Update (3/26): A proposed $683 million contract with NEFCO has been placed on the Agenda for the March 27, 2013 Monthly Water Board Meeting. Up-front construction costs will be $143 million, plus $540 million for operation and maintenance over 20 years.

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