Stillwater News Press

September 17, 2013

Stillwater proceeds with costly sewer project

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — One sewer line project clogs up the pocket book but Stillwater’s Utility Authority trustees said it needs to be replaced.

The West College Sanitary Sewer Replacement project will replace approximately 8,600 feet of sewer pipe. Stillwater Water Utilities Engineer Brandon Neal told trustees Monday the project tops the replacement list.

Neal said the RJN Group, project engineers, underestimated the project’s cost at $1.7 million. McGuire Brothers Construction Inc. from Tulsa was the only bidder and its bid was approximately $2.4 million, approximately 30 percent more than estimate, Neal said.

Many potential bidders were busy and had other projects they were working on at the time. The result was only one bid, said Stillwater’s Utilities Director Dan Blankenship. The city’s only option was McGuire Brothers Construction Inc.

After adding a 10 percent contingency, the final project cost estimate is $2,633,421.

The city received a grant for a portion of the project and on June 30, it must have 50 percent of the funds spent and 100 percent spent on Aug. 1.

In order to award the contract, receive the grant money and authorize the recommended expenditure limit, the SUA must put three planned projects on hold, Neal said.

The SUA must transfer $680,000 from three other wastewater projects, which are miscellaneous sewer line replacements, the Doty Street to Stallard Street sewer line project and Ramsey Street to Hester Street sewer line project.

Another $117,059 will come from the CDGB fund and $1,836,362 will have to be appropriated to the city’s Waste Water Capital Fund.

At Monday’s meeting, the SUA approved the construction contract to McGuire Brothers Construction Inc., it gave staff the permission to execute a contract at the costs of $2,372,451 and authorized the expenditures after adding a contingency for a total of $2,633,421.

The vote was 4-1 with Trustee Cody Scott voting against the project.