Water reservoir construction contracts awarded

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The contracts are all in place for construction of the city’s next water reservoir.

The City Council Tuesday approved a construction management services contract with Kapur and Associates for the project. That followed the awarding of the construction contract June 26 to DN Tanks of Wakefield, Mass., for $1,019,500.

“The project is still on schedule to be completed by November,” City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges told the council.

The council had earlier authorized Yerges and Mayor Donald Pohlman to accept the low bid on the project at the June 26 bid opening, as the council could not muster a quorum for a special meeting. The stipulation was that the low bid had to be under the $1.25 million budgeted amount, which it was.

Yerges said there were only two bidders for the project, but that was expected. “There are only a few contractors in the country who do this kind of work,” he explained.

Public Works Director/City Engineer Bill Immich added that the city was able to gain two weeks on the project timetable with the early contract awarding.

The council also approved the annexation of the property where the new reservoir will be located, at the end of West Main Street.

City Attorney Crystal Fieber explained that the parcel will be zoned agricultural on annexation and will probably come back for rezoning next year after the project is completed.

The council voted to end the city’s contract with Tyler Technologies for assessment services, effective in 30 days.

Yerges explained that the city has received less than exemplary service from Texas-based Tyler, which has an office in West Allis.

“Since we’ve had them as the city assessor, we’ve had customer complaints - issues with timeliness, reporting and getting information to the county treasurer,” Yerges told the council.

“There were issues coming to my desk and the clerk/ treasurer’s office on a weekly basis. We saw a little bit of improvement, but not where it needs to be,” he added.

City officials had scheduled a meeting with Tyler offi- cials for June 30, but no one from the company showed up for the meeting, Yerges said. That led to the recommendation to the council to terminate the contract.

Yerges added that it is his understanding that the village of Howards Grove, which also contracts with Tyler Technologies for assessor services, is having similar problems with the firm.

He assured the council that there would be no penalty for ending the contract, which had a clause allowing either party to terminate with 30 days notice.

Yerges conceded that there could be some issues during the interim before a new assessor is hired, but added, “Our intent is to get an assessor on board as soon as possible.”

“This is the best time of the year to be doing it,” Clerk/ Treasurer Patty Huberty said of the termination, noting that the annual Board of Review was just completed.

The council approved refinancing a 2005 Plymouth Utilities revenue bond, which has a remaining balance of $1.635 million.

Financial advisor Phil Cosson of Ehlers and Associates said the city could save money by refinancing. The city had two choices – to issue a revenue bond or a general obligation bond – for the refinancing.

Maureen Schiel of Ehlers showed the council that the city would save more than $25,000 by going the general obligation bond route.

The council approved the refinancing. Bidding on the bonds is set for Aug. 13, with the council expecting to approve the sale at their meeting that night.

Immich reported that work has begun on the Caroline Street reconstruction project, with the North Milwaukee Street/Western Avenue water main project to begin soon.

He said both projects should be completed by the end of October, with Caroline Street finishing early, perhaps in early September.

Kapur and Associates was awarded a contract for construction management services on both projects.

The council completed a piece of unfinished business from their last meeting, approving a $2,600 bid from CJ Schwib Inc. to remove the garage at the vacant 31 E. Mill St. building.

The council approved demolition projects there and at 133 E. Mill St. at their June 24 meeting, but the garage removal at 31 E. Mill St. was inadvertently left off the agenda for that meeting and was approved Tuesday.

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