By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN APRK – Council members approved a bid for a new roof on the pump station, hired a contractor to repair sewer lines and continued the city’s contract with a tree service.
Council members approved extending the city’s contract with TNT Tree Services Inc. of Belleville at the same price until October 2016. They also opted to hire Liqui-Force Services Inc. to repair sewer lines that are in poor condition, and approved Molnar Roofing to replace the roof of the College Street pump station, stipulating costs don’t exceed $35,000.
TNT was the lowest bidder for a two-year contract in 2014. The city opted to continue contracting with them for approximately $100,000 a year. TNT will continue to trim, remove and perform emergency work on area trees on a need basis.
Council members agreed they were happy with the company the previous year.
Liqui-Force evaluated the city’s sewer system and found pipes in disrepair, some needing immediate repair, Department of Public Services Director Terry Kehr said.
“As the structural state of these sanitary sewers are in extremely poor condition the DPS recommends we repair as soon as possible,” Kehr said in a letter to City Administrator Mark Kibby Nov. 19.
The quote for the lining of approximately 7,100 feet of piping and possible digging in three spots, will cost an estimated $410,000. Cady said the funding will come out of the 2015-16 Water and Sewer Fund.
The roof of the pump station, 4245 Allen Road, needs help, council members said.
Kehr said the roof membrane is completely failing, the insulation is saturated throughout the roof and there are numerous leaks. Engineers said the roof is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
Molnar Roofing bid approximately $50,000 less than the next highest bidder. The council awarded Molnar the bid. Replacement has not been scheduled.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)