SHERMAN – The Sherman Village Board has initiated the next phase of the wastewater treatment plant improvement project by placing two orders and making a decision at the board meeting this month to reallocate a project area.
Sherman’s Mayor, Colleen Meeder, announced to board members that five general contractor bids had been received, one for mechanical and one for electrical.
“All bids were higher than previously budgeted” She said. “The offer for electrical engineering far exceeded the estimates of the engineers for the proposed work.”
The Board of Directors passed a resolution to award Contract No. 1A for the general construction of the Sewage Treatment Improvement Project to H&K Services Inc. for $ 4,192,000.
The board rejected all offers for contract 1B for the electrical construction of the sewage plant improvement project. The resolution to reject all commandments states that “The village is of the opinion that the village will receive a lower bid price if it bids again and that more contractors will be able to submit bids.”
The board of directors passed a resolution awarding Allied Mechanical Inc. the 1C contract for the mechanical construction of the wastewater treatment improvement project for $ 151,000.
Overall, Meeder said the village expects the budget to increase by $ 763,000 before re-bidding.
“The bond resolution needs to be changed to reflect the increase in project costs”, She said.
Jay Irwin, main operator of the wastewater treatment plant, reminded the trustees that the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act also contributes 25% of the remaining unfunded balance.
On a related matter, Meeder sought approval from the board of directors to adopt Trident Insurance’s insurance proposal effective November 11th and approve a payment of no more than $ 18,500. Meeder said the premium was $ 14,000 last year, $ 18,000 this year, and next year, with the addition of the wastewater treatment plant and water improvement, it will be $ 30,000.
“And remember that the premiums increase by 9 to 10% overall.” She added.
In other areas, Meeder informed the board members about the progress of the electric charging stations. The state DEC granted the village a discount of $ 217,200, she said. However, this funding is not guaranteed until the contract is formally signed.
“It cannot officially go into execution until the round is complete and the audit office has approved the procurement.” She said.
Meeder informed the board members that the village will implement the state environmental quality testing law for the charging stations for electric vehicles. She also noted that the project is refundable quarterly and since the time between construction and repayment can be six months, a deposit of $ 200,000 is required for one year.
On other government environmental quality review matters, the board agreed to a motion to designate Sherman Village to be the lead agency for SEQRA’s regional Biosolids processing project with Griffin Residuals. The Trustees also passed a resolution stating that the proposed Solar Liberty Sherman project has no material adverse effects on the environment after a thorough environmental assessment.
In other areas, the board members passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of 69 acres of land at a maximum price of $ 270,000 for the solar array project. They also approved the issuance of up to $ 240,000 in bonds and serial bonds to allow the village to pay some of the cost.
The Trustees also accepted a proposal for Meeder to sign an agreement with Camoin Associates, Economic Development, for downtown market research advisory services that would not exceed the budgeted $ 50,000.
The Board of Directors also accepted a letter of resignation from Trustee Donna Lee Higginbotham with immediate effect. Her term should end on December 6th. The board then approved the appointment of Gary Emory to the trustee position as a result of the November 2 election results, which will last until the end of Higginbothom’s term.