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July 16, 2014

Berea awards Indian Fort trail contract

Bid is $100,000 less than estimate

BEREA — The Berea City Council awarded a construction contract for phase II of the Indian Fort Trail project Tuesday night.

City Administrator Randy Stone said Bluegrass Contracting Corporation (BCC) was the lowest bidder for the project, which runs from Shortline Pike to the trail.

The winning bid – $284,689 – was approximately $100,000 less than projected by the city’s consultant, CDP Engineers.

At one point, Stone was questioned about whether the winning contractor could adequately handle the work, given that it submitted such a low bid. But Codes and Planning Administrator Dale Van Winkle said Bluegrass Contracting had done major work on Mayde Road, completing it to the city’s satisfaction under budget.

The council then voted unanimously to award BCC the bid.  

 In an unrelated matter, the council heard a presentation by representatives of CDP Engineers regarding a proposed storm-water ordinance.

The city has been working to develop a storm-water management plan in recent years in anticipation of upcoming state and federal regulations.

As awareness of environmental issues has heightened in recent years, federal and state governments have taken news steps to address flooding and street pollution from storm-water runoff, CDP representative Krista Citron said.

CDP has recommended the city create a storm-water master plan, adopt regulations and make capital improvements to address flooding and water quality issues.

The city has appointed a committee to draft a plan and legislation to conform with state and federal requirements. A CDP Engineers representative will return in August to further discuss the issue.

Codes Enforcement Administrator Dale Van Winkle said a series of five change orders for the Water Street drainage improvement project, an operation he said has turned out to be one of the most complicated in recent memory. Various required revisions pushed the cost to $220,822 from $186,000, Van Winkle said. The project was funded with $290,000 FEMA grant.

In other business, the council:

• Heard first reading of a personnel measure outlining salary ranges and pay scale for city workers

• Opened a bid for work on Blades Spur, Neely Court and Exodus Drive by Eric Brothers Paving for $23,868. It was referred to the council’s finance committee.

• Opened a bid from Codell Construction Company of Winchester for water-treatment solids handling. Officials expressed surprise by the more-than-$1 million bid. Council member Ronnie Terrill asked Berea Municipal Utilities Director Ed Fortner, “Just what are you building out there?”

“Nothing that expensive,” Fortner replied.The council heard the first reading of legislation amending the city’s personnel policies and updating the descriptions of city positions.

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