Bids to be opened Tuesday for $7.3M sewer plant project

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board is looking to set a special meeting soon to accept various bids for the sewage treatment plant’s $7.3 million upgrade project.

The board discussed the project Wednesday, and said it may soon schedule a special session at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Bids will be publicly opened Tuesday, with the board expected to soon award construction, equipment and engineering-related contracts.

The sewage treatment plant upgrade may begin in September and conclude in December 2014, officials have said.

Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick noted how the board at its July meeting started the bidding process on the plant’s proposed $7.3 million upgrade project.

The project is expected to help the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility handle increased waste discharges from the expanding Greek-yogurt plant Fage USA, as well as other area industries.

Fage itself is involved this summer in a major construction to upgrade. As Fage expands at the Johnstown Industrial Park, a 125 percent increase in gallons of wastewater discharge over the next five years is estimated. The upgrade is also expected to help handle whey from Johnstown cheese manufacturer Euphrates Inc.

The sewer upgrade is expected to be funded by at least $4 million in grants, but the city of Johnstown is borrowing for the entire project, expecting reimbursement later. Other local costs will be spread between the two cities. The project include a $500,000 grant from utility company National Grid. The sewage treatment plant is also working on grants through the state and federal governments.

For one U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development grant, Masick said the plant “met all those requirements.” He said another grant opportunity is being pursued through the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.

Masick said the sewer plant on Aug. 7 hosted a pre-bid meeting with potential contractors for the upgrade project.

“There seems to be a lot of interest in this project,” he said.

Plant consultant George Bevington also noted the facility has met with grant writer Nicholas Zabawsky to assist with “several opportunities” for grants.

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