Village board approves new RBC replacement contract for wastewater treatment plant

New contractor found after first agreement not fulfilled

— Village Attorney Michael Byrne told the board the village could possibly even sue Koester for damages because the company’s failure “has caused us serious delay and put us in jeopardy.”

Lotkowicz then talked to some of the other, higher bidders for the project and, after further research, recommended that the board hire G.P. Jager & Associates for the work.

The price difference between the two contracts — $272,000 versus $402,000 — is due partly to the addition of the new drives, Lotkowicz said.

“Initially we were still deciding whether or not we needed the drives. Now we made the decision to get them; it was a good price, and this would complete the upgrade of the RBCs for the next 20 to 30 years,” he said.

Otherwise, the second contract is the same as the first, with the cost being for materials only. It 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.

The project will be funded with cash on hand from the village bank account and will not need to be financed or publicly bonded, said Mayor Marty Hubbard.

At the meeting, Lotkowicz said he did not know the exact turnaround time for G.P. Jager to deliver the RBCs to the village, but said it would be “most likely” about three months.

Once the RBCs are on-site, installation will take three-to-five days per unit, with installation of one RBC at a time to keep the plant operating appropriately, Lotkowicz said.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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