The village of Dolgeville will hold off on putting its planned $2 million Environmental Facilities Corporation wastewater treatment plant and inflow and infiltration project to bid.
Wastewater treatment plant operator Edward Scharpou made the recommendation to the village Board of Trustees during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, a recommendation that was seconded by Chet Szymanski, project engineer for C.T. Male Associates.
“As we are still waiting for review and approval of the final designs and drawings, it might be best to wait to put the project out to bid in late January or early February and begin construction in the spring,” said Scharpou. “Construction season has almost passed and winter is fast approaching.”
Szymanski said the designs and drawings are awaiting approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and bid packets could be mailed out once approval was received.
“Construction could start this year, weather permitting, but construction during winter will likely have a higher cost than construction during spring,” he said.
Szymanksi added his only concern with holding off on putting the project out to bid in early 2013 is the potential for an even more dramatic rise in the cost of fuel. “The savings from doing construction in spring rather than winter, however, should offset any increase in fuel prices,” he said.
Trustee Mary Puznowski said she thought the recommendation was “reasonable,” and Deputy Mayor and Trustee Gary Luther, who filled in for Mayor Bruce Lyon during Monday evening’s meeting, said he was in favor of waiting to put the project to bid “as long as it doesn’t change the cost.”
Scharpou also recommended with winter approaching the village “button up” the streets that were scheduled to be ripped up as part of the construction project. “The streets just have to get through the winter, as they will be ripped up when construction begins in the spring,” he said.
In other business Monday evening, the board set Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. as the date and time for Trick-or-Treat in the village. The information will be posted on the village’s LED sign.