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Clark County

March 10, 2013

Combined sewer overflow contract approved

Land near 10th Street pump station drawing interest

JEFFERSONVILLE — Engineering work on the Combined Sewer Overflow Interceptor will officially commence after the Jeffersonville Sewer Board approved a contract last week.

The contract is with Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz Inc., at a not-to-exceed amount of $2.1 million. While the engineering company is acting as the lead on the project, Jorge Lanz, president of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, said that the design work on the project will be split between his firm, Clark Dietz Inc. and Strand Associates Inc.

Wastewater Superintendent Len Ashack said the contract is being paid for through a $3.3 million bond anticipation note. He added the additional ceiling on the note was just in case there were additional costs for the project.

“Depending upon the feasibility of being able to tunnel instead of open trench through Jeffersonville, there may be an additional cost involved in engineering,” Lanz said. “We can’t tell that now, until this preliminary tunnel feasibility study is done. That’s why there’s some additional monies in there.”

Another work order with Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz was approved to identify all of the property owners near the 10th Street pump station. The sewer board has been seeking to reclaim a portion of land formerly owned by the city and sold to Clark Memorial Hospital in order to install an odor-control system. At the board’s February meeting, a design contract was approved for the work to install a biofilter at the corner of 10th and Spring streets, which would require using a portion of that land.

Clark Memorial Hospital bought the property for $319,000 and a recent appraisal set the value at $391,000. It has not been determined how much property the city will need to buy or if it will look to repurchase the entire piece of land owned by the hospital.

Who owns all of the property near the pump station is also not clearly defined.

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