Wayland to receive bids April 3 on water improvement project
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — The Wayland City Council has set April 3 as the date to receive bids for the water improvement project in Wayland.
The original date for to receive the bids was March 20, but it was changed due to not being able to get all of the information compiled byt the original date.
“How many bids do you think we are going to get on this?” Mayor Brad Roth asked.
“I’d be happy if we get three,” said Jim Warner, City Engineer. “This is probably the hardest set of specs I have ever had to run, because it’s hard to write that you are going to replace parts and where you start and where you stop. How do you cope if you find that something that you counted on working doesn’t? It’s just kind of hard to do.”
Another unexpected twist for the project is funding.
“Bev and I have talked about this,” Warner said. “We don’t know where we are on budget with this really. We have added so much. We hadn’t counted on replacing the softener media. We hadn’t counted on replacing the high service pumps, or replacing the aerator above the roof. I’m talking about when we originally got this funded. We have added all those things in. And if you have the money to do that, you should do it. If you don’t have the money, then you should go to your listing of prices and decide what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.”
“So you are telling us that depending on what the bids come in as, we can do quite a bit,” said Roth.
“It looks like you might have the money to do that,” Warner responded. “The thing you don’t want to lose track of is the data. We want to look at what this costs in relation to those and then decide what your priorities are.”
Warner informed the council that they had some choices in which repairs they make, but that they may need to prioritize.
“If it is a matter of replacing the high-service pumps because they are limping along ok now. You are going to have to spend totally your money to do that, you are going to have to decide whether you are going to do that or not,” Warner said.
The council also:
• Approved a defibrillator policy.
• Approved the J&M displays multiple year fireworks agreement.
• Revised the designated physician policy.
• Passed the resolution approving the public purpose policy for expenditures of funds for employee flowers or plant, and sustenance supplies.
• Approved a request for a building permit at the 100 block of S. Brooks Street.
The next Wayland council meeting will be April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.