MW council pleased with bids for plant

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By Alex Wimsatt

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - As a result of action taken by members of the Mount Washington City Council during their last regular meeting, the city is a step closer to getting two new construction projects underway.

    During the council’s recent meeting the council unanimously voted to award contracts for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and new sidewalks on Fairway Drive. 

    Councilman Dale Walter made a motion to award the contract for the construction of the Mount  Washington wastewater plant project to W. Rogers Company of Lexington.

    Of the 13 bids the city opened on March 11, W. Rogers was the lowest at $12.9 million. The highest bid received was nearly $17 million from Morgan Contracting.

    City engineer Dave Derrick recommended the council award the contract to W. Rogers after reviewing the company’s credentials. Derrick found W. Rogers’ to be the lowest responsive, responsible bidder. Derrick said the company was well qualified and he found no errors in the company’s bid.

    The council’s vote to award W. Rogers the contract is subject to the approval of the bid by the Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

    Derrick estimated that it would take approximately 60 days to get the state’s approval and the contractor could potentially begin working on the project soon after that.

     “The sooner we get through all this the sooner we can start construction,” Derrick said.

     Before the council decided to award W. Rogers with the contract for the new wastewater treatment plant project, councilman Barry Armstrong made a motion to award the contract for the Fairway Drive sidewalk and drainage project to The MRK Co., Inc. The motion carried unanimously.

    The MRK Co., Inc.’s bid was just over $41,000 for the construction of sidewalk along Fairway Drive off Flatlick Road. The highest bid submitted was for about $58,000.

    Jason Sams with the Suburban Design Group said seven contractors submitted bids. Sams recommended the council award the contract to The MRK Co., Inc. after reviewing the all the bids submitted.

    The bid was the third lowest of the seven submitted. The two lowest bids were from All About Concrete, and Volz Excavation & Construction Co., Inc.

    Sams recommended the council go with The MRK Co., Inc. because Suburban Design Group deemed it the most qualified to carry out the project. Sams said the two lowest bidders were concrete contractors and the project had many components that were outside of their expertise.

    For clarification city attorney Norman Lemme said that public bodies were not required to accept the lowest bid. The city asked for the lowest, best bid when it advertised for bids.

    Sams said he wasn’t certain when construction would begin.

In other business:

    *Senior Vice President Tony Rizzo of Abel Construction addressed the council and announced that his company planned to develop a new senior housing project in the Dovefield Subdivision at Highway 44 and Winning Colors Drive.

    Rizzo asked mayor Joetta Calhoun to provide a letter of support for the project so Abell Construction could submit it with an application to the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

    Councilman Shot Dooley made a motion to authorize the mayor to offer a letter of support pending the property was the right zoning. The council unanimously approved the motion.

    Rizzo said Abel Construction planned to build 48 units explicitly for senior citizens. He projected the project to cost between $7 million and $8 million.

    Rizzo pointed out that the 42 bedroom affordable senior housing development already at Dovefield was built by Abel Construction.

    *The council was scheduled to have the second reading for a property maintenance ordinance councilman Dale Walter introduced at the council’s regular meeting on March 8. However, there was controversy over some of the language of the ordinance and concerns over the possibility that the ordinance could conflict with existing ordinances, so the council voted to postpone action until a special meeting on March 31.

    City attorney Norman Lemme was unable to attend the special meeting, so the ordinance was taken off the agenda.

Walter said he’s made changes to the ordinance and plans to take it to the council for a vote at the next regular meeting. As of now it’s on the agenda.

    “I’m anxious to get it done and get it on the books,” Walter said. “We need this ordinance to improve the city and keep property values from going down.”

    *Calhoun said she and the Treasurer were in the process of preparing the city budget for next fiscal year. Calhoun added that she would provide a budget timeline during the council’s next regular meeting.

    The next regular meeting of the Mount Washington City Council will be held this evening at 6:30 in the Mount Washington Annex Building off Branham Way. The public is invited to attend.