Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2007

Council funds booster station

January 4, 2007

The Eudora City Council took action at its Dec. 27 meeting to address problems with water pressure issues with the city's south water tower.

The council approved up to $160,000 for a water booster station near 20th and Elm streets.

When the tower was originally constructed it didn't meet the elevation of the entire system, Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. The new station will make sure the tower fills completely to improve fire protection and the overall pressure, she said.

Beatty advised the council to move forward with the improvements as soon as possible.

"We're ready to go out for bid for that, so we can get everything done and hopefully up and running before our heavy water use goes into place through the summer," Beatty said.

The station will consist of pumping equipment housed in a secure building on a property the city recently acquired.

Brian Kingsley of BG Consultants told the council more money was needed for the project.

The council learned the station's price jumped because the price of building materials has increased. Original estimates pegged the project at $125,000.

The increase could have been worse, Kingsley said.

The manufacturer warned prices could spike by as much as 5 percent, however the final jump was only 3.75 percent. The cost of materials added into other options deemed necessary by BG Consultants pushed the project's final probable price anywhere from $150,000 to $160,000, Kingsley said.

"But we won't know until we get bids to install this equipment," Kingsley said.

The engineers at BG Consultants decided to switch fiberglass to cinderblock as the primary building material and include metal doors in the final plan.

"They felt that would be more secure in that area," Kingsley said.

Kingsley told the council more money was needed for the project.

The council learned the station's price jumped because the price of building materials has increased. Original estimates pegged the project at $125,000.

Kingsley asked the council to take two separate actions. First, he asked the council to approve money for the increases in building materials and design additions. He next asked for permission to open the installation of the machinery for bid.

During discussion, Eudora Councilman Bill Whitten asked if the city could possibly get the building cheaper, but still stay on budget.

It'd be possible to check with the contractors and compare values, Beatty said.

Councilman Scott Hopson asked for more clarification of the station's power requirements.

Councilmembers also voiced concerns about the overall security of the complex.

"It's going to take a substantial amount of effort to get into this," Kingsley said.

In addition, to the concrete walls the area would be well lit, Kingsley said.

Beatty confirmed the current design was in line with the county's homeland security requirements.

The council passed both actions.

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