By ERIC X. VICCARO
It was a case of “much ado about nothing.”
The city of Ste. Genevieve received only one qualification submittal for the water/sewer operator contract.
The only company to submit a request for qualifications (RFQ), as it turned out, was Alliance Water Resources – the current contractor for said services.
City administrator Happy Welch said the city is still analyzing the submittal, and negotiations will take place during the next couple of months.
Welch said the goal is to have a new contract ready to approve by the first board of aldermen meeting in July.
Earlier this year, a subcommittee comprised of Ward 2 Alderman Bob Donovan and Ward 4’s Joe Prince and Ashley Armbruster formed to discuss options for water and sewer maintenance.
The current water/sewer contract expires in October; the city renewed with Alliance for one year in 2020, Welch noted.
Alliance, founded in 1976, provides services in a four-state area, including the Show-Me State, Iowa, Kentucky and Columbia. The state headquarters are located in Columbia.
The length of the future contract will be determined by the board of aldermen; however, most of these agreements have a duration of 10 years.
In a related matter, new computers were installed for water and sewer utility billing.
Welch said the city purchased five new computers to handle these tasks, coming with a price tag of $3,800. These new machines will be used primarily for data entry and output.
WATERLINE FIRST, THEN REPAVING
• Welch reported Cochran Engineering is roughly “50 percent” through design plans and specifications on the Fourth Street waterline improvement project.
Cochran Engineering has told Welch that the project will go out for bid at some point during May. Construction will take place in July.
The waterline will cover 1,624 feet (or roughly one-third of a mile) with plastic PVC-style piping.
Welch reported two contractors appeared for a pre-bid meeting on the upcoming street repaving project.
However, five bids were received by the city, which were due at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29.
Welch said the board of aldermen and city employees are currently reviewing the submitted bid packets.
Elected officials will approve the best bid at the next regularly scheduled meeting on May 13.
Street repaving will not begin until August, with a two-week window given to upgrade the roads.
However, field operations supervisor Gary Roth noted during the meeting, “the project will be completed before school begins.”
The following streets will be repaved, in some sections: North Fourth, Biltmore, Wehner, LaPorte and Cedar.
In documents obtained by the Herald, there was $175,000 budgeted for street improvements during the 2021 fiscal year.
Asphalt will either be 2-1/2 inches or three inches thick, depending upon local traffic numbers.