Sewer project bid favorable

JOHNSTOWN – A low bid for the second phase of the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s main trunk line upgrade project came in more than $250,000 less than originally estimated.

Facility consultant George Bevington told the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Thursday bidding was very competitive, which resulted in good pricing.

“This is just very good news,” Bevington said.

The board awarded a $213,777 low bid for the second phase of work for the trunk line cleaning and rehabilitation project to Jablonski Escavating Inc. of St. Johnsville. Bids were opened last week. Bevington said that second phase work will entail 800 feet of pipe being replaced along Townsend Avenue.

He said it was good the board did design work by the end of last year and got bidding out early, versus bidding in July or August. He estimated the sewer plant may have saved $800,000 by doing that.

The 50-year-old main trunk line runs four miles southward from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown.

Engineer Chad Kortz of C.T. Male Associates, which is consulting on the project, told the board 13 bids were received for the second phase and there was “extremely competitive pricing.” He said most of the bids were in the $200,000 to $300,000 range. He said the original estimate for the second phase was about $480,000.

“Jablonski is comfortable with their bid,” Kortz said. “They know they priced it to the bid. They’re anxious to get to work.”

Board member Wrandy Siarkowski said the low pricing for the construction is indicative of the “state of the economy.”

Board Vice Chairman Richard Handy said Jablonski’s is a “very reputable” firm.

The board also approved a $24,740 construction inspection services contract with C.T. Male for phase two.

The overall project is expected to cost $4.4 million. The first phase of work by Precision Industrial Maintenance Inc. of Schenectady included manhole and sewer line cleaning and replacement along West Main Street. More grading work there is expected in the spring, Bevington said. He said the first phase is “functionally, substantially complete.”

An inspection previously by C.T. Male Associates found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and some significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow. The facility studied 10 possible projects that should be looked at over the next number of years.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com