Stanley Miller awarded treatment plant contract

SALEM — The Salem Utilities Commission awarded the contract for the Salem wastewater treatment plant Phase 2 upgrade to Stanley Miller Construction for $5,285,870.

The commission met in special session Monday morning to act on the recommendation by project engineer Burgess & Niple to give the job to the East Sparta company. Stanley Miller Construction submitted the lowest bid on the project, coming just under the engineer’s estimate of $5,340,000 for construction of the plant improvements.

At the bid opening last month, Bob Schreiner of Burgess & Niple said the firm had worked with Stanley Miller Construction a number of times and said they’re good. He had to review all four bids to ensure the math was correct, the bonds were good and there were no outstanding judgments against the companies.

The other three bids received included: Workman Industrial Service Inc. of Kent, $5,727,250; A.P. O’Horo of Youngstown, $5,812,000; and ABC Piping of Brooklyn Heights, $6,299,000.

The project includes removing four existing settling tanks and replacing them with two new circular primary settling tanks, conversion of an existing settling tank into a sludge thickening site, and construction of a new administration building for the plant and a sludge storage pad.

Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart said he’s hoping the project can start in early May. The contract gives the company 540 days to complete the work, which would put completion at the end of 2020.

Department wastewater reserve funds that had been built up for plant upgrades will cover the cost. This is the third upgrade in the last several years, with the department tackling the upgrades in phases.

In other business, Weingart said the commission briefly discussed easement issues with the Snyder Road sewer line project, specifically dealing with easements with Ohio Edison. The project contract has already been awarded.

The next regular monthly meeting of the city Utilities Commission is 4 p.m. April 25 in the second floor conference room of the utilities building.