Trenton Utilities Committee to Recommend Council Accept Bid for Water Plant Clarifier Modifications

The Trenton Utilities Committee recommends that City Council accept a bid for water plant clarifier modifications.

Irvinbilt Constructors of Chillicothe submitted a low base bid that exceeds one point seven million dollars ($1,733,339). An alternative offer was accepted at a cost of $35,000. The total project cost is over 768,000 million ($1,768,339). The only other base bid came from David Ross Construction of Raytown ($2,034,000)

The project includes new equipment, repairs, concrete, electrical work, sliding doors, yard piping and modifications to the CO-2 system. Utilities manager Ron Urton said the base bid and a replacement from Irvinbilt were only four percent higher than the amount budgeted for that water plant work. Both bids were reviewed by All State Consultants of Marceline, who recommended the city choose Irvinbilt.

The 50-foot square clarifier basins, or solid contact units, are original to the 1965 water plant in west Trenton. There was an accumulation of sludge on the corners of the nets which are part of the renovations carried out in 1994. The engineering company also cited the inability to maintain the sludge cover, thus preventing optimal treatment as well as the spalling and deterioration of the concrete for the clarifier and the recarbonation ponds.

The alternate addition accepted was for the covering of the upper four legs of the wetted parts of the pool walls; new corner walls; and the vertices of the perimeter to the walls.

The reports were presented by TMU department Brad Griffin, Steve Reid, Kenny Ricketts and Rosetta Marsh.

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