Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

City gets bargain on waterline

February 12, 2009

The city of De Soto reaped the benefits of the work of its staff and current economic conditions to save more than $254,000 on a waterline improvement on the city’s west side.

City engineer MIke Brungardt told the De Soto City Council last Thursday that 16 firms bid on a project to install a half mile of 12-inch waterline along 87th Street from Sunflower Road and a 12-inch line south through Intervet property to connect with an existing 10-inch line near that company’s campus. The low and winning bidder was Miller Paving for $101,000.

The bid was more than $50,000 less than the project’s construction was originally estimated. Brungardt said failing fuel prices and the lack of work for contractors contributed to the low bid.

The improvements will improve flow and replace a stretch of line that is the source of frequent breaks, Brungardt said.

When the project was first proposed a year ago, it was estimated it would cost $371,000. But the city shaved off about $72,000 by doing surveying, design and other technical aspects of the project in house, Brungardt said.

Another $20,000 was saved when Brungardt negotiated an agreement with Intervet to provide for free land and easements needed for the project.

Also at the meeting, the council selected Shafer, Kline and Warren to do th engineering work on this summer’s repaving of 83rd Street from Kill Creek Road east to the Lenexa city limits. The decision was made at the recommendation from a committee of Councilwoman Mitra Templin, City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle, street department foreman Ron Creason and Brungardt that reviewed the nine firms that answered the city’s request for qualifications. The city will now negotiate a price for the service.

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