Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wastewater plant work reported on schedule

February 5, 2009

Construction for the Basehor wastewater treatment plant expansion is on schedule.

Jeff Keller, design engineer for Burns and McDonnell, gave Basehor City Council members an update on the treatment plant construction Monday night, during which he told the council that a substantial amount of progress had been made on the project.

“We’re very pleased with the work the contractor has done so far,” Keller said.

CAS Construction LLC is in charge of the project, and council members were considering on Monday a third payment request from the company in the amount of $323,721.59.

At this time, Keller reported, the floor slabs for the expansion are complete and part of the wall construction is finished. Keller also said that workers had poured about 400 cubic yards of concrete, and that nearly 50 percent of the yard piping was completed at the site.

Keller said weather had accounted for a slight delay – about three days – in the process, but he was confident this would not hold the crew back from finishing in a timely manner.

Through use of several cost-cutting strategies, including delaying the construction of a storage tank for the plant, Keller said the city would be able to save more money than expected on the project.

“We will actually be able to save the city more than $10,000 because of some collaboration from everyone,” Keller said.

In the near future, the project will advance in a number of ways, Keller said. Keller told council members that during February and March, they could expect to see complete excavation of the treatment basin, additional yard piping, improvements to the pump stations and more concrete pouring.

Keller said that Burns and McDonnell was impressed with the work that CAS Construction LLC had thus far completed.

“The contractor has been doing a really good job,” he said. “They’ve been keeping everything clean and safe for everyone. They’ve just done great, and we have no complaints.”

Council approved, 5-0, the payment request by CAS Construction LLC for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the council:

• Approved, 3-2, after a 15-minute executive session about attorney-client privileges, an ordinance implementing previously approved changes to the Transportation Development District agreement with Wolf Creek Junction. The changes include adding the 150th Street Intersection Project as an eligible expense. Council member Jim Washington and Council President Iris Dysart were opposed.

• Approved, 4-1, a notice of award for design of the 150th Street Intersection Project to MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. for the amount of $125,000. The vote also was to issue notice to proceed with the project effective Feb. 2 and to authorize Mayor Chris Garcia to sign the necessary documents. Dysart was opposed.

• Tabled, 5-0, until the Feb. 17 meeting a consideration for engineering and construction management procedures to be followed by Benchmark Management as part of the Wolf Creek Junction street projects. The procedures need reviewing by the Kansas Department of Transportation and City Attorney Patrick Reavey.

• Approved, 3-2, expenditures for a triangle piece of property north of 150th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40. Washington and Dysart were opposed.

Approved, 5-0, the 2009 funding request for the Leavenworth County Development Corp., of $6,924.

• Approved, 5-0, a project to add a sidewalk around the north side of City Hall and make improvements on the rear entrance of the building. The city budgeted $10,000 for such projects in 2009; this project is expected to cost $3,976.

• Approved, 5-0, the additional expense of $3,520 to McAfee Henderson Solutions, Inc. for survey and design changes to the 150th Street project.

• Approved, 5-0, to authorize McAfee Henderson Solutions, Inc. to move ahead with survey and design for the 155th Street and Parallel Road intersection to not exceed $30,000.

• Was reminded by City Administrator Carl Slaugh that the Cedar Lakes Annexation hearing is at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School.

• Because of President’s Day, the next council meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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