|Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:33 AM
|Issue of September 10, 2014
August 27, 2014 | 08:50 AM
The Harrison County Regional Sewer District last Wednesday morning opened bids for its portion of the Lanesville Interstate 64 interchange area sanitary sewer project.
Five companies bid on the project, with the lowest being Infrastructure Systems Inc. of Orleans at $498,465.
The engineer's estimate was right about $500,000, according to Matt Robinson of the district's consultant company Heritage Engineering.
Other bids were Mitchell and Stark Construction, $534,199; Dan Christiani (used for the New Salisbury project), $574,881; TSI Paving, $627,984; and Flynn Brothers Contracting, $746,125.
The board took all bids under advisement for review.
The Lanesville Town Council opened bids on its portion of the project a week earlier, with the lowest bid out of eight being from Schroeder Construction Inc. in Elizabethtown, Ky., for $880,000.
Herb Schneider, the district's Lanesville representative (and also a Lanesville Town Councilman), said he fully expects the board to approve Schroeder's bid.
The engineer's estimate was $900,000.
The project will take sewage flow from the interchange area to Lanesville's treatment plant.
For more than 30 years, since Interstate 64 was built, the Lanesville interchange remained an untapped resource for economic growth. That all changed last December when Harrison County officials agreed to fund the $6.6 million sewer system project as a joint venture between the sewer district and the town of Lanesville.
Soon after, the area landed Areva Pharmaceuticals.
The board will approve a bid at its next meeting, which will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in Corydon.
In other business, operator Steve Tolliver, of Aqua Utilities, said the district's plant east of New Salisbury in Berkshire Pointe mobile home park passed inspection with flying colors.
"It's one of the best-looking plants he's seen in Southern Indiana," Tolliver said of the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management inspector. "He said no one has a plant that looks this good."
The board also learned that the rain garden stormwater project at South Central Junior-Senior High School is now complete and a sign has been added to the stormwater project at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School.
"Congratulations on the perseverance," board consultant Rob Huckaby, from Stantec, said. "They're both good projects."
It took the board nearly eight years to finally secure funding for the two demonstration projects that will not only help with stormwater run-off, but also educate the public about the issue. County government eventually paid for the projects after grants attempts were continuously denied.