Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 3, 2013

Bidder for EC project to be chosen

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

emann@pvdemocrat.com — Though the previous year saw a major milestone reached for Elmore City in its water treatment goals, it is with the new year that efforts made will see the final results.

Another major step in the refurbishment of their old plant is expected to be reached early next week when the city council meets to vote on the bids submitted, Tuesday, Jan. 8, according to City Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Rollings.

After bids were opened back in November, the two companies that submitted bids for work on the project are JoeDee Construction and Downey Construction, and a decision will proceed likely without any delay.

“I don’t see why not, they’ve had 30 days to award a bid… I’m sure they will,” said Rollings. “Obviously more than likely we’ll take the low bid.”

Rollings noted that there were about four or five contractors who showed up to the early pre-bid meeting to gauge the project, but when the sealed bids were opened at the end of November, there were only two interested.

Funding the project will be a Southern Oklahoma Development Association community development block grant through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for about $245,000.

It will be matched by city funds of about $246,780 and $15,000 for SODA to act in an administrative role to cover work with a total project cost of $491,780, according to Robert Mullins, project engineer with Mehlburger Brawley.

Work with Garvin County crews to do some of the preliminary work like dirt work as well as forming the two needed lagoons has already been one of the early steps and once construction starts the awarded contractor would then work on replacing old seals, putting in needed structures, painting and the main electrical panel.

According to a previous Democrat article, all of the work was broken up into individual line items that were bid on separately, so this means both companies could end up being involved in restoration.

In the end, this means a possible construction start date within a few months once a bid is awarded and a sigh of relief for many like Rollings, who have been working on the idea for the past couple of years.

Other than ensuring they won’t have to purchase water from outside the community through Pauls Valley’s rural water district like they have for several years, it will also eventually free up pursuits for other projects the city has in mind.

Included in future hopes is a grant application that could alleviate a lack of water in the lake if drought conditions continue, said Rollings.

The hope is by drilling a new well to either go into the lake or be directly pumped to the new water plant, they’d have another source that could meet the demands of the citizens who live there.

However, Rollings is also hopeful upcoming city elections for positions like three council member seats and the mayor will only keep things moving as planned.

The project should already be well underway whether or not leadership changes occur with the filing period occurring Feb. 4-6, the elections set for April 2 and new terms beginning April 16.

“We will definitely have a water plant producing our own water in 2013,” said Rollings, who has several other grants that can’t be officially applied for until the money for the water plant is spent.

“It’s going to be nice from my viewpoint to have it all go away… have it be done.”