News and Tribune

September 17, 2013

Work on Clarksville wastewater plant to begin next week

Once bonds close, work on $16 million project gets green light

By MATT KOESTERS
matt.koesters@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — When the town of Clarksville closes on nearly $16 million in bonds for the construction of its new wastewater treatment plant, work will begin immediately.

The Clarksville Town Council unanimously authorized Council President Bob Polston on Monday to sign a contract with MAC Construction for the construction of the new treatment plant when the town closes on the bonds.

“We are going to close next week on the bonds, then we’ll immediately sign the contract and issue a notice to proceed the next day,” said Brittany Montgomery, the town’s project coordinator.

The cost of the bond issuance is about $2 million less than initially projected, Montgomery said, because the lifetime interest of the bonds is lower than for which the town had initially budgeted.

The council’s vote was unanimous, but it wasn’t without some concern for the possibility of increased expenses on the back end of the contract.

Council member Tim Hauber noted that the full contract with MAC hadn’t been furnished to the council prior to the vote, and needed some reassurance from Montgomery that the terms of the contract protected the town from change orders.

“It seemed pretty vague,” Hauber said. “[Council member] Paul Kraft and I talked about this. We’re just sick and tired of add-ons and change orders and things like that. I was just trying to avoid that.”

“Everything will be scrutinized to the utmost,” Montgomery told the council.

Hauber said he has confidence in MAC Construction, and noted that with the amount of engineers that have reviewed the plans for the wastewater treatment plant, the cost shouldn’t rise much.

Construction should be underway by the end of next week, Montgomery said.



A HISTORIC THANK YOU

Council member Don Tetley used his time during council comments to thank Jane Sarles for her service to the town.

Sarles, who until recently served as the president of the town’s Historic Preservation Commission, now resides in New Albany.

“It’s been great to work with you all,” Sarles replied. “No thanks are required. I enjoyed it.”



NEW SIDEWALKS

The council authorized a contract with Goodman Construction for the construction of 920 feet of new sidewalks.

The $27,600 contract will pay for 800 feet of sidewalks along Virginia Avenue and 120 feet along Montgomery Avenue.

The work should be completed in mid-October, Street Commissioner Bradley Cummings said.