News and Tribune

March 26, 2013

More contracts approved for Jeffersonville sewer project

Sewer board looks to refinance bonds

By BRADEN LAMMERS
braden.lammers@newsandtribune.com

JEFFERSONVILLE — Another step has been taken for Jeffersonville to move forward on its combined sewer overflow project.

The Jeffersonville Sewer Board agreed to enter into a value-engineering contract with Commonwealth Engineering at its meeting Thursday. The contract was unanimously approved at a not-to-exceed amount of $51,200. A value-engineering contract looks for efficiencies that can be realized in a project.

A contract to complete the engineering work on the project was approved at the board’s previous meeting 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 would be split between his company, Clark Dietz Inc. and Strand Associates Inc.

The contracts are being paid for through a $3.3 million bond-anticipation note for the CSO interceptor project. The project’s total estimated cost is about $34 million and is the city’s plan to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency agreed order issued in 2009. 

Jeffersonville signed an agreed order with the EPA in 2009 to eliminate sewer overflows. Those overflows occurred when heavy rainfall washed untreated sewage into area waterways, violating the Clean Water Act.

Current plans for the project call for the installation of a new interceptor sewer parallel to the Ohio River that will connect the existing overflows to a new, oversized interceptor. In addition, an interceptor will be placed in the north-south corridor that carries wastewater to the 10th Street pumping station.

However, the alignment for the combined sewer overflow interceptor will not be determined until a final design is determined.

 

Refinancing bonds

Jeffersonville’s Sewer Board took steps to save about $600,000 on the life of outstanding loans. Three bonds sought in 1999, 2003 and 2005 are planned for refinancing.

A unanimous recommendation to refinance the bonds was approved and will be presented to the Jeffersonville City Council for official approval.

 

French Quarter requirements

The sewer board agreed to send a letter to French Quarter Apartments that outlined the conditions that would have to be met before the city’s sewer department took over a lift station on-site.

Among the requirements were after a new lift station is installed, the city must be granted permanent easements to the site; the lift station must be purchased from a specific list of manufacturers; the apartment has a contractor install the lift station; the city be notified to be present when the lift station is turned on to ensure it is operating correctly; and that all conditions of the agreed order from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management be met before it is handed of to the city.