Town receives wastewater treatment plant bids

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ELKTON – Town council has received three bids for the second phase of an upgrade of the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Council discussed the bids during a workshop “retreat” at The Alley Building, 303 W. Spotswood Trail, on Monday afternoon.

Herb White, president of the WW Associates engineering firm of Charlottesville, presented bids ranging from $3.027 million to $3.635 million.

The low bid came from MEB General Contractors of Chesapeake.

Council recently approved the issuance of $3.1 million in bonds to pay for the project, which will add clarifiers and a digester to the plant at 15917 Old Spotswood Trail.

The bids would also cover Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) – an industrial automated control system – along with ultraviolet disinfection, tank covers and piping.

White said the town will also need to pay some $400,000 to $500,000 for engineering, capitalized interest and legal fees, for example.

As a result, Mayor Wayne Printz said the town may need to authorize additional bond funds.

White said the town could operate the clarifiers without the SCADA system and tank covers, but council seemed to favor moving forward with the purchases.

“We need everything on that list,” Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said. “It’s going to cost more later.”

Former councilman Randell Snow asked about an old bid that council received for the clarifier project.

White said it was $1.8 million about five years ago. (MEB’s current bid for just the clarifiers and piping is $2.791 million.)

‘Annexation’ survey
Council also discussed surveying property owners in areas that could be hooked up to the town sewer, including Newtown and Mount Pleasant roads and the area around Henry Lam’s Countryside Market.

When these areas were annexed into the town years ago, the town agreed to connect them to the town sewer, or in Lam’s case, water and sewer.

Such “annexation” connections would cost around $1.5 million, Councilman Jay “Tony” Dean said at the Feb. 29 council meeting.

The surveys would ostensibly be done to determine how many residents would pay to hook up to the sewer.

Shifflett said that Kenny Kite and Steve Kite, who own land north of town leading up to and behind Countryside Market, agreed to grant the town the necessary easements for pipes as long as they can hook up to the sewer for free.

Shifflett said that extending water and sewer lines to Countryside Market could provide access to some 312 acres of the undeveloped portion of Elkwood subdivision, which was purchased by Pham Chopra in July.

Shifflett said Chopra also agreed to provide an easement on a portion of the property that he purchased from the town last year north of Mount Pleasant Road.

The town could use the easement, along with a 5.75-acre parcel of town-owned land formerly owned by Mary Elizabeth Kite, to provide sewer to Barry Ecroyd at 17193 Mount Pleasant Road.

The town-owned parcel is located between land owned by Ken and Gayle Derrenbacker and Chopra and adjoins Ecroyd’s land.

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