Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Lakeshore Global Low Bidder on PRV Vault Improvements Project, DWS-891

On December 23, 2014, Lakeshore Global  Corporation submitted the low bid for the project known as "Pressure Regulating Valve Vault Improvements," DWSD Contract DWS-891.  Lakeshore's bid was about 14% lower than the second bidder.

 The as-read bids are as follows:
  1. Lakeshore Global . . . . . . . . . $1,849,500
  2. Trojan Development . . . . . . $2,125,000
  3. Tooles Contracting . . . . . . . $2,178,440
  4. Lawrence M. Clarke, Inc. . . $2,190,000
  5. Detroit Contracting, Inc. . . .$2,460,338
  6. Weiss Construction . . . . . . . $2,596,000
The Scope of Work for Contract DWS-891 includes demolition and reconstruction of pressure regulating valve vaults in five different locations: at Sixth and Porter, Park and Elizabeth and Chane at Maple in the City of Detroit; Marquette and Inkster in Garden City; and South Boulevard at North Service Center in the City of Troy. 

The Scope of Work also includes removal and replacement of PRV and gate valves at all five locations, plus installation of ship ladders and sump pumps. 

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Great Lakes Water Authority Seminar planned by Oakland County Bar Association

The Oakland County Bar Association is planning a lunch seminar on January 13, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. to discuss the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Hosted by the Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Law Committee, this event will feature speakers L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, and J. Bryan Williams, who is the Oakland County representative on the current Board of Water Commissioners. 

For more details concerning this event, check out the OCBA's Facebook page here. The Oakland County Bar Association is located at 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Ste 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-0181. 

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Wayne County Appoints Nardone to Great Lakes Water Authority

The Detroit News reported last Friday [12/19] that the Wayne County Commission voted unanimously to appoint Joseph Nardone as the County's representative to the Great Lakes Water Authority. Mr. Nardone currently serves as Director of Development for the Wayne County Airport Authority. 

Mr. Nardone's LinkedIn profile (here) doesn't reveal very much information about his education or background prior to his appointment to the Airport Authority in November, 2012. The Detroit News reports here that Mr. Nardone previously worked for the Wayne County Parks Division and is a 1985 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Great Lakes Water Authority Schedules First Public Meeting (UPDATED)

The Detroit Free Press reports this morning (here) that the Great Lakes Water Authority is scheduled to hold its first public meeting on Friday, December 12, 2014.  The meeting will  be held in the Water Board Building, 5th Floor Board Room and begin at 1:30 p.m.

Notice for the meeting, published on the DWSD website, describes the meeting as an organizational meeting. To date, only two members of the GLWA Board have been appointed -- Robert Daddow for Oakland County and Brian Baker for Macomb County --  which is not enough for a quorum.  

The GLWA Board consists of 6 members, one appointed by Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties; two appointed by the City of Detroit; and one by the State of Michigan. The remaining four board members have not been announced publicly. 

Comment: Presumably, the new authority would not be meeting unless the remaining board members had been selected privately. I anticipate a public announcement of the remaining four board members within the next 24 hours. There's no reason to delay things further. Time to get down to business.   

Update (12/12/14 - 8:45 a.m.): Mayor Duggan has reportedly appointed Gary Brown and Ike McKinnon to the Board, both of whom are members of the Mayor's Administration. Governor Snyder has reportedly appointed Edward Hood, a retired attorney from Ann Arbor. Mr. Hood previously practiced with Dykema Gossett. No word yet on who has been selected to represent Wayne County. 

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