By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Town Council unanimously approved a motion last week to award a construction contract for the State Route 77 and Flake Road 8-inch water line relocation project with Apache Underground & Excavating, LLC for an amount not to exceed $45,468.60.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has initiated a project to extend the reinforced concrete box culvert located to the north of Flake Street within the SR 77 right-of-way, Town Engineer Rob Emmett advised the town council Oct. 22.
This culvert conveys flow from the west both north and south of Red Hill, and the purpose of the extension would be to provide for future highway widening and to protect the downstream end of the box culvert from erosion. Emmett explained that because of these improvements, the town’s waterline is in conflict and requires relocation, which must be completed by January.
Emmett reminded council members that they had authorized Tetra Tech to develop plans and specifications for bidding, and to provide construction management services for inspections and survey tasks in January 2013.
The request for bids was advertised and a mandatory pre-bid meeting was held on Oct. 2, with bids being opened on Oct. 15.
The bids received were $49,950 from Rawlings Specialty Contracting, $87,548.52 from JNL Contracting, Inc., and $45,468.60 from Apache Underground & Excavating, LLC. Sol’s Construction Company, Inc. submitted its bid after the bid opening due date and time, so it was considered a non-responsive bid.
In response to a question posed by Councilman Kerry Ballard, Emmett explained that the widening of the road is in ADOT’s five-year plan, but no time has been set for widening.
In other business, the council unanimously approved the construction contract for the Well No. 1 rehabilitation of water storage tank project with MMI Tank and Industrial Services of Phoenix for an amount not to exceed $295,802.37.
Emmet said that he received a report from Western Technology that day regarding the amount of lead on the tank, and the firm confirmed that Snowflake is within the parameters of having the tank covering considered a non-lead based paint, which should decrease the cost by approximately $20,000.
Bids included: MMI Tank and Industrial Services, $295,802.37; Southwest Industrial Coatings, Inc., $391,609; Riley Industrial Services, $452,288.50; Classic Protective Coatings, Inc., $443,650; and TMI Coatings, Inc., $937,500.
In response to a question posed by Councilwoman Bev Kay, Emmet said that if the tank is maintained, it could last from 60 to 100 years. He also advised the council that for the high bid, the town could have built a new tank.
By Naomi Hatch