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Norfolk town officials reworking sewer project to cut costs

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NORFOLK — In order to remain under a $5.9 million project budget, Norfolk town officials have made some changes in their long-awaited sewer project.

The sewer project involves the construction of a new sewage treatment plant on County Route 38 just past West Main Street. The town also will reline all of the sewer mains as part of the project.

The Town Council had decided on 80 percent of its contracts for the work in late February, accepting four of the five project bids.

After a special meeting last week, however, Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said that some numbers had to be altered.

“We accepted and are going to award contracts one, two, three and four. Due to the change in the scope and change in the work in contract five, we will be going out to rebid there,” Mr. Pernice said. “Basically we were way over budget and are trying to get back in our budget numbers.”

Contract one consists of building the actual plant and contract two involves installing the equipment required along with a majority of the piping inside the plant as well as the heating system. Contract three has to do with the interior plumbing for sinks, toilets and other minor items. Contract four is all of the electrical work and contract five relates to relining the collection system or sewer mains.

Contract one, which consists of general construction, is going to Danko Construction Corp., Massena, at a cost of $3,267,000. The town initially had put this portion of the work out for another bid two months ago.

Contract two was awarded to Perras Excavating Inc., Massena, for $580,000. The original accepted bid from the contractor for the mechanical construction was $688,382.

Contract three, for the plumbing work, is by far the least costly of the project’s five components. The initial accepted bid of $26,700 from Norwood Plumbing Inc. will be unchanged.

“The original budget was supposed to be $5,952,550. We are just about there but, hopefully, if we can save a little money on contract five, we can add a couple of other things in,” Mr. Pernice said.

The final portion of the project that was changed, contract four, deals with electrical work. Town officials accepted a bid from Watson Electric in February for $405,000. That figure has been reduced to $366,000.

Each of the four accepted contracts was the low bid received.

In February, contract five, the collection system rehabilitation, was awarded to Branon Construction Co. Inc. for $1,353,000. Because of the other changes in cost, that contract will be going out for a rebid.

“I’m hoping that it will only be a couple of weeks until we get contract five squared away,” Mr. Pernice said.

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