City Council authorized the city manager to enter into a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Design Phase Pre-Construction Services Agreement with Achen-Gardner Engineering, LLC to provide pre-construction services for sewer and manhole rehabilitation throughout the city.

The city has identified various sanitary sewer lines, manholes and structures in its wastewater collection system in need of rehabilitation, replacement, removal, or abandonment. The required work will take place at 22 locations throughout the city impacting approximately 5,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines and more than 50 associated manholes. These improvements are needed to maintain the integrity of the collection system and decrease maintenance issues within the system.

Acting Utilities Director Doug Kukino commented on what changes residents can expect to see.

"The public will see that work is being done on the streets where the improvements are being made,' Kukino said.

"This work may impact traffic; however we anticipate the need to provide information to the public regarding traffic inconveniences and will provide the information when appropriate."

The CMAR will help the city to determine feasible alternatives, address constructability issues, and make recommendations for the proper materials and construction methods. The CMAR contractor was chosen by a Request for Qualifications in August 2010, in which five responses were received. A selection committee, made up of staff from Engineering, Utilities and an executive from a construction firm, selected Achen-Gardner Engineering, LLC as the best qualified firm to perform the required services.

Proponents of the project claim it will benefit the community by maintaining the integrity of the sanitary sewer system, minimizing service interruptions, and decreasing traffic disruptions caused by maintenance crews.

Funding is available in the FY 2010-11 capital improvement plan. The operating cost associated with this project is minimal once completed and will be absorbed by the Utilities operating budget. The cost of the project is not to exceed $75,697.30. Work is scheduled to begin in March and be completed in the fall.