By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
Two agreements for engineering and professional services were approved by the Corbin Utilities Commission’s board at their regular meeting Tuesday.
CUC General Manager Ron Herd said one of the agreements involves some water line relocations that the state Department of Highways is doing to replace some bridges on KY 6. He added the agreement is with Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers, Inc., based in Middlesboro. The CUC would be reimbursed by the state for the work done on the water lines.
The other involves a master professional services agreement and one task order with the consulting firm MWH Americas, Inc. That’s for MWH Americas to consult on behalf of the CUC in an agreement with SEPA, the Southeastern Power Administration.
MWH Americas is a consulting firm that provides planning, design, construction and engineering program management services to water-related projects and programs, such as water supply, treatment and storage, and water management. The firm is part of the worldwide company MWH Global, based in Broomfield, Colo.
SEPA markets electric power and energy generated at reservoirs that are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corbin Utilities Commission is one of 491 customers in Kentucky and 10 other states that receives power from SEPA.
Board members also approved bids for automated meter reading (AMR) equipment at the session. The bid package included 6,000 water meters with meter interface units, a handheld mobile device, a vehicle mobile device, a computer for the mobile device, laptop stand, and billing system interface.
Of the three companies submitting bids, Consolidated Pipe of Somerset was the low bidder with a total base price of $815,315, which included software plus implementation and training. Their bid was lower than the bid of $1,017,645 from Neptune Equipment, and $1,406,500 from C.I. Thornburg Company.
Those bids were received on June 5 at the CUC office until 2 p.m., when they were publicly opened and received. Herd said about $200,000 from a leftover state grant on a waterline job would go towards buying the equipment, with the remainder to be paid on a “pay as we can” basis.
In his General Manager’s Report, Herd noted the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved CUC to pre-qualify contractors to bid for the KY1232 Sewer Extension Project in Knox County. The bid date will be July 18 at 2 p.m. at the CUC office on the Cumberland Falls Highway. He added a special board meeting would probably be held to award the project to prevent any further delay in getting it started. The cost of the project is pegged at $1,297,119, using state and federal grants.