$12.6M contract awarded for South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrades

  • The Deerfield Select Board has awarded a contract to Waterline Industries Corporation to handle the first phase of upgrades to the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Facility on Sunderland Road. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 4/15/2021 9:29:49 AM

DEERFIELD — The Select Board has awarded a contract to Waterline Industries Corporation to handle the first phase of upgrades to the South Deerfield Wastewater Treatment Facility.

With a bid of over $12.6 million, the Seabrook, New Hampshire contractor was the low bidder for the project on Sunderland Road. The figure encompasses a $9.7 million base bid and five “alternates,” which include improvements to the water system, the grit removal system, the ultraviolet disinfecting system and the scum well mixing system, as well as adding a secondary clarifier.

Although the bid came in about $4.6 million higher than the anticipated cost of the first phase, the Select Board explained this is due to the fact that elements of Phase 2 (listed as “alternates” when the project went out to bid), will instead be completed during Phase 1.

“We moved some projects around between the two phases, so our first phase grew a little more than we were hoping for,” board member Trevor McDaniel said at a meeting Tuesday night. “We broke those alternatives out to make sure we could move through with the project.”

Still, the project is expected to fit within the $19 million appropriation that was approved at Annual Town Meeting in 2019.

McDaniel added that in conversation with Waterline Industries — which did the emergency clarifier replacement last year — the contractor noted the cost of certain elements that had been planned for Phase 2, such as putting in the secondary clarifier, could cost an additional $1 million if done at a later date.

“That’s because the holes are already dug, the equipment is there, they’ve worked out a deal to get some space around the property to store equipment and materials,” he said. “So it just makes sense to roll it into (Phase 1).”

In response to the change in Phase 1’s scope, McDaniel said the United States Department of Agriculture, which is providing a loan to complete the project, can likely increase the town’s first-phase loan by another $2.2 million.

“We would probably need to come up with $2.4 (million) as a match, which we can do,” he said. “It’s within our scope of what we have borrowing authority for.”

McDaniel said the later phases of the project, Phase 3 and Phase 4, pertain to either rehabbing the Old Deerfield plant, or instead finding a way to pump from the facility on Old Main Street to the South Deerfield plant.

“South Deerfield will be up to speed and can take all the flows from the whole town,” he said. “We have a project working right now to find out what would that cost, where does it have to go and how much would that be.”

 




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