Skaneateles Contractor bids for new equipment at the village wastewater treatment plant came in more than $100,000 below the anticipated costs, and the lowest bid was accepted by the village board of trustees at their Nov. 28 meeting.
“These are very good results,” said Mayor Marty Hubbard. “A very reputable firm was the low bidder.”
The village trustees unanimously agreed to spend $272,000 for three Rotational Biological Contactors, or RBCs, with an option to also buy a fourth RBC for $109,000, as bid by Koester Associates of Canastota.
The cost of the equipment is for materials only and does not include the removal of the old RBCs or the installation of the new RBCs, which will be done by village Department of Public Works employees, Hubbard said.
The project will be funded with cash on hand from the village bank account and will not be financed, Hubbard said.
Of the four bids received by the village, the prices ranged from $272,000 to $624,215.
RBCs are 26-foot-long by 12-foot-wide cylinder-shaped pieces of equipment, made mostly of plastic, that continually rotate, passing waste water through the liners, thereby removing anaerobic bacteria (organic materials and ammonia) out of the water. The RBC process is one step in the total village water treatment process.
Currently, one of the four RBCs is broken, one is the sister machine to the broken one and therefore causes concern that it too may break, and the other two RBCs are more than 30 years old and “are beyond their useful life,” according to Village Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz.
“We can’t wait, we’re running on three now,” Lotkowicz had told the village board at its Nov. 10 meeting.
The wastewater treatment plant must have two RBCs working at all times in order to keep the plant running effectively.