Bay Village awards contract to fix city’s sewer pump equipment
BAY VILLAGE - City Council awarded a $42,000 contract to a Cleveland company to repair damaged equipment controlling sewer pumps necessary to keep waste moving to the wastewater treatment plant from the west end of the city.
At its Nov. 19 meeting, council approved awarding the contract to Citi Electric for emergency repairs to the Longbeach and Huntington pump stations.
A power surge that coincided with Superstorm Sandy hitting the area in late October blew an electrical panel off the wall at one of the pump stations and damaged much of the electrical equipment. The city at one point had only one of six pumps at the stations operating.
If all the pumps failed, sewage could back up into basements of homes on the west end of the city, officials said. As a temporary measure, the city rented an extra pump and brought in an emergency generator that would kick on in the event of a primary pump failure.
“It’s nothing more than an insurance policy, just in case,” Service Director Dan Galli said of the emergency pump and generator.
The city did not plan to use the pump unless the sole remaining pump failed, he said.
“There are emergencies, and this certainly is one of them,” Councilman Scott Pohlkamp said prior to council’s voting to award the contract on an emergency basis.
Steven Presley, who is serving as part-time finance director until the city hires a permanent replacement, said the city hopes to recoup some of the money from the city’s insurance company.
“We have notified the insurance company of the damage,” Presley said. “We don’t know yet if, in fact, this will be covered by insurance or not.”
In other action, council’s Finance Committee approved spending $13,550 to retrofit lighting fixtures in the Fire Department to accept new energy-efficient bulbs.
Presley said the city received a low bid of $13,550 to do the work. Since the bid is less than $15,000, the city can award the contract without approval from the full council.
The low bidder was McGranahan Associates, a Bay Village company that installed similar energy-efficient lights at the Community Gym in Bay Middle School this summer. The city and school district were happy with the work the company performed on that project, Presley said.
“We’re doing a lot of lighting work that adds capital costs, but really it will be paid off within a very short period of time with energy savings,” Finance Committee Chairman Mike Young said.
The city estimates the energy savings from the new lights will cover the capital costs in about two years. In addition, the city hopes to qualify for a $5,400 rebate from FirstEnergy Corp. The utility is offering the rebates to encourage projects that reduce energy consumption.
The payback will occur quickly because the Fire Department lights operate 24 hours a day, seven days per week, Young said.
Also during the Finance Committee meeting, Service Director Dan Galli said the traffic light at Bradley and Nagel roads near the railroad tracks should become fully operational in early December. The city and railroad tested the equipment and it performed as planned, he said.
The city and railroad ran into complications with the project this summer. The traffic light is supposed to turn red when the crossing gates are lowered for a train. However, the installed equipment failed to coordinate the lights properly. Despite the complications, the city still expects the project to come in under budget, Young said.
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