Sewer Board approves bids for equipment

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently authorized several bids for chemicals, equipment and a vehicle needed at the local sewer plant.

The board took action on the items at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Board members awarded Slack Chemical Company of Saratoga Springs bids for two different chemicals used in the pre-treatment process.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick noted the board went out to bid last month.

The first approval was for an aluminum chlorohydrate bid at 57 cents per wet pound. The board secured a two-year contract with Slack.

Also approved was a one-year contract with a Slack for sodium hydroxide, at a cost of $659 per dry ton.

Masick said the chemicals are used at the facility to pretreat dairy waste.

“Both of these are relatively small chemical contracts,” said facility consultant George Bevington.

In other bidding activity, the board authorized seeking bids to overhaul an existing Hoffman blower on site at the facility. The bid will be negotiated as part of one the sewer plant’s 2014 capital projects.

Masick said part of the capital plan involves rebuilding the blower.

The board also authorized going to bid for an electric hybrid vehicle included in the sewer plant’s 2014 capital plan.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at