Council gets update on water, sewer jobs

Marietta City Council’s Water and Sewer Committee met Wednesday to discuss progress to both the current renovation of the wastewater treatment plant and plans for upgrades to the water treatment plant.

Council learned that the River Trail will be reopened next week behind the city’s wastewater plant as Phase III Scopes 2 and 3 are predicted to come to a close in the coming weeks and the construction beneath the trail has been completed.

“It will be good to get that opened so that people who are carrying their groceries can be back on the safety of the trail,” said First Ward Councilman Roger Kalter. City Engineering brought forward what is hoped to be one of the final change orders for Scopes 2 and 3 of the third phase, one that merely extends the end date of the project by two weeks at no cost to the city.

“We ran into a lot of issues that needed to be addressed in this stage that have pushed completion times,” explained City Engineer Joe Tucker. “But financially I think we’ve done very well on a difficult project. in fact six out of the 11 change orders so far have been deducts as we and Jim Wark and the design team at Pickering and Associates have looked closely again at the design as we’ve been in construction.” In total, change orders have equaled $186,749.48 to date, 3.2 percent of the total construction cost for scopes 2 and 3 and remaining $124,800.52 below the allowed contingency for the $6,138,550 project.“Right now I don’t see any future change orders besides at the close of the project for a final deduct,” said contracted construction manager Jim Wark.

Council next looked to Scope 4 of Phase III renovations, which will have the first pre-construction meeting Dec. 12 with an estimated completion date of August 2019.

The project, budgeted to cost $8,863,155 in construction and $550,400 in construction administration will be paid for through a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and a 1.74 percent 30-year loan through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for $9,582,432.73.


Project Manager Eric Lambert also requested a change order to a design contract with Strand Associates for the Water Treatment Plant Renovations and Upgrades project to direct designs for a reverse osmosis treatment system instead of the current lime and soda ash softening system.

The change order of $2,260 would bring the total cost of the design project up to $252,260 if passed at the Dec. 7 council meeting.