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The Times
  • Emergency action plan contract awarded to Liverpool-based firm

  • Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice has been awarded the contract to complete the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam.

    The members of the Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees and the Manheim Town Council awarded the contract to the engineering firm Tuesday evening. The successful bid totaled $9,600.

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  • Liverpool-based Barton & Loguidice has been awarded the contract to complete the emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam.
    The members of the Dolgeville Village Board of Trustees and the Manheim Town Council awarded the contract to the engineering firm Tuesday evening. The successful bid totaled $9,600.
    The two municipalities also received a $4,500 bid from Albany-based The LaBarge Group, an $8,100 bid from Schenectady-based John M. McDonald Engineering and a $16,310 bid from Latham-based C.T. Male Associates. Manheim Town Supervisor John Haughton said after speaking with representatives of the Natural Resources Conservation Service the decision was made to remove the bids from The LaBarge Group and John M. McDonald Engineering from consideration.
    “The NRCS reviewed the bids and it was their recommendation that we throw out the bids received from LaBarge and McDonald due to their unfamiliarity with Class C high hazard dams and because it was their opinion the two firms did not meet the standards specified in the bid proposal,” he said.
    Haughton added Barton & Loguidice has written emergency action plans for a number of clients.
    “If we are going to spend the money to get this done, then it only makes sense to spend the money on a firm the NRCS said is qualified and has experience in dealing with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on these type of matters,” said Dolgeville Mayor Bruce Lyon. “I would hate for the village and the town to spend money on a plan that wouldn’t be accepted by the DEC.”
    According to the contract, Barton & Loguidice will have 30 days to complete the plan — which regulations state must be prepared by a professional engineer and coordinated with local emergency managers. The firm has the option of requesting an additional 30 days, according to the contract.
    The contract also states the firm will receive half payment when the plan is submitted to the DEC and the remaining half payment when the plan has been approved by the state agency.
    “It’s good to be able to finally put this behind us and move forward,” said Lyon.
    The village was put on notice by the DEC in January 2012 that it did not have an emergency action plan for Beaver Brook Dam on file in Albany. In response, and after months of debate over ownership of the earthen structure, the town and village in November agreed to each pay half the cost for the development of the plan. The request for proposals was issued in December.
    “If this plan isn’t done the town and village could face a fine, which is something none of us want,” said Haughton. “It’ll be good once the plan has been submitted to and approved by the DEC.”
    Per their agreement, the town and village will each pay $4,800 toward the cost of the document that will identify potential emergency conditions at they dam and specify pre-planned actions to be followed to minimize property damage and loss of life in the event of an emergency.

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