Salem awards bid for water line work

SALEM – The city Utilities Commission awarded the contract for the East 12th Street water line replacement project to Craig Edward Susany, a North Lima firm which submitted the lowest bid.

The commission took action on the contract Thursday after a brief update on the project.

The bid of $112,517 was well below the engineer’s estimate of $117,000 for construction. Other bids ranged from $120,114 to $166,355.

The other bidders and their bids included: Utility Contracting Inc., $166,355; Mike Pusateri Excavating, $137,498; Radzik Excavating, $128,487; S.E.T. Inc., $126,964; X-Press Underground Inc., $122,224; and L & S Excavating & Trucking, $120,114.

Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said the utilities department has worked with Craig Edward Susany before and so has Howells & Baird, the engineering firm on the project.

Weingart said the state hasn’t issued the permit to install yet, but he’s expecting approval. The location of the water main had to be moved a little bit to ensure it was 10 feet from the storm sewer.

The street is located in Perry Township, but the water line is owned by the city of Salem and the water service is provided by the city. Plans call for installation of a new 6-inch water main to replace the current 2-inch main which has been experiencing a lot of leaks in the last several years. Increasing the size of the line between North Lincoln Avenue and North Union Avenue will improve the infrastructure.

Weingart said he met with Perry Township Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix about the project and Mix requested an agreement between the two entities, mostly concerning repair of the road after the work is completed. An agreement will be written and will be approved at a future trustee meeting.

Weingart said the road will be repaved from South Lincoln Avenue to South Union Avenue, curb to curb.