By MARK EVANS
T.J. Garbs of Cochran Engineering reported that plans for the city’s new 250,000-gallon water tank are about 60 percent done during the Oct. 13 Bloomsdale Board of Aldermen meeting.
Garbs said they are still on track to meet the goal dates he and David Van Leer of Cochran had laid out at the September meeting for the $1.9 million water system project.
On the distribution end, that is the water mains to transport and distribute the water from the tank, plans should be done and sent to contractors by Jan. 12, 2022. The bid opening would be on Feb. 8 and should be awarded on March 8. Van Leer said he would then hope to see a notice to proceed issued by May 1, with a July 5 target date for completion.
The tank part of the project would see plans going out to contractors Nov. 1 of this year, with a bid opening in December. The bid opening would be about Dec. 14. The target date for the notice to proceed would be March 1, with a completion date target of Nov. 13, 2022.
Garbs noted that the topographic fieldwork was completed Oct. 1.
“We’re working on the topographical survey right now,” he said. “That’s what takes the most time, really, with distribution projects, just getting everything lined out.”
He said submission to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be made at the same time that the plans go to the contractors.
Garbs asked whether the city had things lined up on the financing side. City clerk Lynnette Randoll told him that Bank of Bloomsdale has received approval to finance the project.
“We have about 60 percent of the tank plans done,” Garbs said. “We’re still on track to meet that Nov. 1 deadline to submit and else to the contractors. We’re also going to submit everything to DNR as well. They’re required to review everything and give us approval to get a construction permit.”
He also noted that the ground at the site where tank will go had been cleared off.