Last updated: May 04. 2014 8:05PM - 542 Views
By William Laney wlaney@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — A harsh winter took its toll on city streets, but it also took its toll on the infrastructure underneath the pavement.

Lima Mayor Dave Berger is seeking Lima City Council members approval on two pieces of legislation costing the city about $355,000.

The first ordinance is to pay All Terra Inc. $237,182 for emergency sewer line work during this past winter. Utilities Director Gary Sheely said the “only contractor that had the equipment and could respond to these emergency situations was All Terra Inc.”

“During this past winter, we experienced numerous breaks and cave-ins on lour large diameter, deep in elevation sewers,” Sheely wrote in a letter to city councilors. “The most extensive was the 900 block of North West Street and others were at Murphy and McDonel streets and on Baxter Street. At all of these locations, the sewers were over 20 feet deep.”

Sheely noted the city does own not equipment to excavate ground that deep and they would have had trouble repairing them with city crews because they occurred in the middle of winter when the weather and ground conditions are at their worst.

The North West and McDonel streets projects cost $215,744.80, while the Baxter Street repair project cost $21,437.

Berger also is requesting $117,382 to pay Insight Pipe Construction for a stormwater sewer construction work. The project includes the rehabilitation of stormwater sewers using a cured-in-place pipe process.

“This trenchless method of installing a pipe within a pipe will allow for the repair of deficient pipe with minimal surface disturbance,” Public Works Director Howard Elstro wrote. “Deficient pipe was previously identified through the storm water cleaning and video tape projects completed in recent years.”

Insight Pipe Construction submitted the lowest bid.

The mayor also is seeking councilors’ approval to enter into a contract with Energy Management Solutions Inc. The firm will be retained on contingent fee basis “to review all city facilities for cost savings from supply side services, rebates, and demand management,” the mayor wrote.

The city will pay EMS from the cost savings due to rebates or credits or by suppliers providing the city with new energy saving equipment. Berger explained should the city receive no savings from the improvements that the city will incur no cost.

Councilors also will entertain legislation to sell old computer equipment and scrap steel.

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