By BRADEN LAMMERS
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.
Mayor Mike Moore, who is a sewer board member, said there is potential interest by the city’s redevelopment commission to purchase nearby property and said it needs to be clear to who holds title to the land.
Josh Hillman, engineer with Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc., said the additional study would map and identify all of the properties in that area.
Moore added that the property across the street from the pump station that was formerly Andy Hampton’s Auto Sales, which will be adjacent to Falls Landing Park, also has potential suitors.
“There are developers that have shown a great deal of interest in that property,” he said.
Because both properties are near a main entrance to the city — at the 10th Street exit off of Interstate 65 — and drawing interest from potential developers, Moore again pressed the need to construct a fence that will surround the pump station and the odor-control system.
Ashack agreed to make the fence’s construction a priority.