Robert Huckaby, senior project engineer with Stantec, said the contract last year totaled about $17,000 and this year’s deal was not to exceed $58,220.
However, Jeffersonville Stormwater Coordinator Deb Ashack explained that the scope of work has broadened this year and resulted in the price increase.
Among the provisions outlined in the contract was support for the Southern Indiana Stormwater Advisory Committee, which is a group designed to pool resources to meet Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System requirements, or MS4, with other area municipalities. In addition, the consultants will help prepare the city for an illicit discharge detention and elimination audit, which is also part of the MS4 program.
A permit renewal is also required for the MS4 program, which must be undertaken every five years. The final task outlined in the contract is a FEMA community rating system program, which helps implement proactive measures to manage properties and development within and near floodplains.
Ashack said that the FEMA community rating system program, once it is set up, will not cost additional money.
“I’m comfortable with this,” Ashack said of the contract amount. “We will probably not spend this much. At this point they don’t know what we’ve done already, so this is based on starting us from scratch.”
She explained that some of the information that will be used in the reports has already been gathered.
The contract was approved 8-1, with Board Member Steve Gill voting against.
After the meeting, Gill said that he voted against the contract because he believed the not-to-exceed amount was too high.
Subsequently, the MS4 budget for the drainage board that was requested totaling $30,000 was cut to $24,000.