Tribune Staff Writer
City council has approved contracts with TRUE Consulting Group for design work around engineering services for the storm water upgrade phase 5 and energy plant process out fall replacement projects in the River Valley area.
The contracts total $90,000 and $17,000.
Originally slated for Phase 5 of a five-phase project, the work will replace and improve portions of the city’s water and sewer system that were destroyed during a slide that took place in April, said general manager of planning and operations Geoff Goodall.
Coun. Ivan Bonnell asked if the new work will put the infrastructure out of harm’s way and heard while the storm sewer line goes through a fairly flat area, the out fall line that the city will be auguring in is going to be in a very active area.
“The plan is to augur it very deep so it will be well under the existing cliffs that are there,” Goodall said. “Our hope is even if there was a slide that occurred, it would be so deep that it wouldn’t impact it.”
Goodall said this time around, it’s a fairly unique process because the work has has to be completed quickly.
Staff met with TRUE consultants last week to determine how the work can be designed so that it can be completed as soon as possible.
“We’re now confident that we can bring the project in two phases, and tender both phases. They will be normal tender processes, but we’ll have to speed up the process and are confident we can get the tender out for construction in two different pieces this year,” Goodall explained.