November 24, 2014

Edgerton rejects bids for sewer

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
The Edgerton City Council is going back to the drawing board after bids for a planned sewer upgrade exceeded the project’s budget.
The city had successfully applied for a Community Development Block Grant to cover $182,260 of the $275,000 project.
The remaining amount was to be paid from the city’s sewer reserve fund.
However, City Administrator Beth Linn told the council on Sept. 22 that two bids received for the project ranged from $392,428 to $400,710.
The council agreed to reject the bids and work with Schlagel & Associates to consider revisions to the plans and bring the project within budget.
“It will give us time to see if we can come back to you with a slightly different project,” Linn told the council.
The original scope of work included “upgrading an existing 8-inch clay sanitary sewer main and manholes to improve flow capacity for the developed parts of town and provide additional capacity for future development,” according to a memo the council received in August.
Linn said the mains have been prone to backup and overflow problems in the past.
Initial plans included upgrading the 8-inch mains to 10-inch mains.
But during plan review, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) officials said the sewer main should be at least 12 inches in some areas to meet minimum velocity and capacity needs.
Johnson County and CDBG agreed to the 12-inch upsize based on KDHE’s recommendation.
The location of the work includes 1,300 linear feet of mains along 14 addresses on Third, Fourth and Martin streets.
In other business, the council:
Discussed a hiring a professional to design a new city logo.
Mayor Don Roberts said be believes it is time for Edgerton to have a more professional image.
The city currently has a logo that was drawn by a resident, but Linn said
Roberts and Linn said the cities of Shawnee and Overland Park spent $90,000 and $100,000, respectively, on their logo designs.
But Linn expected a new logo for Edgerton would be closer to $30,000 to $40,000.
“…We are looking for not just a logo, not just a tagline, but a brand that the city can use to use to move itself forward, not just on trucks and shirts, but for economic development,” she said.
Was informed by Patrick Reavey, city attorney, that a lawsuit filed against the city by property owner I-35 Edgerton LLC in 2009 has been decided in favor of the city.
However, Reavey said the plaintiffs have appealed the case, and the appellate process could take as long as a year.
The plaintiffs filed the suit challenging their inclusion in a planned water and sewer benefit district for the Sunflower Ridge residential subdivision near Interstate 35 and Sunflower Road.

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