Rotational Biological Contactors, or RBCs — cost $400,000 to $600,000 each, but are essential to the operations of the wastewater treatment plant. RBCs are 26-feet-long by 12-feet-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.
Photo by Jason Emerson.
continued Lotkowicz presented his findings to the board on Nov. 10, and urged the replacement of three and possibly all four RBCs. He said the village works with “at least” three vendors they feel will bid for the work and therefore make it a competitive bidding process.
The bids will be for the RBC equipment only, not for the installation, which will be done by village DPW employees, Lotkowicz said.
The installation is typically a three-day process which will require the removal of the plant’s concrete roof and supporting metal beams, and the use of a crane to remove the old RBCs and install the new ones.
Hubbard said there is sufficient funding in the village accounts to pay for the RBCs without the need for bonding.
“This will be just the regular replacement of pieces of equipment,” he said.
The board agreed to bid for three new RBCs, but if the bids come in low enough they will reserve the option to add a fourth.
If the bids are considered too high, the board can reject them all and start the bidding process again.
The RBC bidding will be open until 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. The board will open the bids at its meeting that night.
New RBCs will take 12 weeks to manufacture and deliver, making the likely installation date sometime in March, Lotkowicz said.
Also at the meeting:
—Village trustee Marc Angellilo announced that a labor arbitrator recently ruled in favor of the village in a dispute between the village and the Civil Service Employees Association concerning health insurance coverage for village employees.
In January 2011, the village changed its health insurance plan from an Excellus EPO plan to another Excellus plan called Healthy Blue. The CSEA objected to the change as one not authorized by the village to make under its collective bargaining agreement. Specifically, the union said the village could change an insurance carrier but not an insurance plan. The union filed a grievance and demanded arbitration.