It was about this time last year that trucks, equipment, and materials started to appear in New England in preparation of the start of the first phase of the four-phase water project.
By COLE BENZ
Now, a few days into the month of June, the second phase is starting to unfold. Project Manager Cavin Berube, with Moore Engineering, said that the project is out for bid and bid opening will be June 13.
The delays come as Berube and the company, working with the city, had to reassess what to include in the second phase of the project. Early estimations were that some of the water tower work would be included. But now the city is working on securing other funds specifically for the tower, so Berube and his team had to change the scope of the Phase 2.
“We weren’t sure, 100 percent on the scope of the project until later this spring,” Berube said. “And than once we got that all put together we got through all the plans and specs, and got them done as quick as we could.”
Most of the work in Phase 2 will include storm sewer and sanitary sewer. Berube said that it won’t have quite as much water main work as the first phase.
Streets mostly effected by construction this time around will be Railway Street, and east on 7th Street to 3rd Ave east. Various other streets will see work too, including McKenzie and some cross over streets, according to Berube.
The city and Moore Engineering are bidding the phases out separately to maximize the prospective grant money. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development allows an individual project up to $5 million in grant money, and by bidding it out into four separate parts, the city can apply for the $5 million each time.
For Phase 2 the city was awarded $2.229 million, or roughly 45 percent of the $5 million. Berube said that an estimated $8 million will be left to complete Phase 3 and Phase 4.
The grant process has not been affected by the state’s latest budget issues. The grant money New England is applying for is federal money through the USDA Rural Development. Though they work with local offices to facilitate the process, the money, according to Berube is not from the state of North Dakota.
“It’s not related to state budget,” he said.