Sewer plant accepts $6.4M in bids

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday accepted four bids – the total amount coming in at $800,000 less than expected – for the sewage treatment plant’s major upgrade project.

Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick gave what he termed “good news” to the board at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

“All in all, it turns out we have a $6.4 million project,” Masick said. “We have an $800,000 contingency, which is nice to have.”

The facility estimated a $7.2 million upgrade project – the second major one at the plant the past five years. The facility underwent a $10 million upgrade in 2008-09.

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

New equipment will include a new stainless-steel whey tank, as well as new engines.

The board accepted a $3.93 million general construction bid from C.O. Falter Construction Corp. of Syracuse. It was the lowest of four bids, with the top one being $5.32 million.

“These are all relatively close bids,” Masick said.

He said C.O. Falter Construction Corp. has done work at the sewer plant before. He said the Syracuse engineering firm of Barton & Loguidice, which is doing design work for the upgrade, thinks the firm is “competent.”

The board also accepted a $999,500 low bid for electrical construction from Amaha Electrical Inc. of Cohoes. The firm was the lowest of seven “very competitive” bids received that topped out at $1.35 million, Masick said.

“They did 2010 work with the other engines here at the facility,” he said. “They know what needs to be done.”

The board accepted a $761,600 bid from Milton CAT of Clifton Park for engine and electrical switchgear. The bid was the only one received.

“This is a very good price for the engine,” Masick said.

Board members also accepted a $195,626 low bid from Family Danz of Albany for heating and ventilation construction. It was the lowest of four bids, the highest of which was $239,000.

“They’ve been good to work with,” Masick said of Family Danz.

Facility consultant George Bevington said Family Danz did the heating and ventilation part of the facility’s 2008-09 upgrade project.

Masick said Barton & Loguidice’s work was part of the original $7.2 million budgeted for the upgrade and that a $475,400 amendment needed to be approved.

The board approved the amendment for construction administration and observation services as part of the upgrade. Masick said grant certification is a big part of the project, as well as part-time and full-time inspections.

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 will receive a $500,000 grant from utility company National Grid. The sewage treatment plant is also working on state grants, including through the state Office of Community Renewal, and federal government grant funding.