2007-07-19 / Front Page

Town Council awards contract for water plant

By Tom Shevlin

Town Councilors, sitting as the Water and Sewer Commission, on Monday, awarded the town's wastewater treatment plant improvement project to Weston and Sampson CMR Inc. of Peabody, Mass., for a bid not to exceed $3,836,000.

The contract, which is part of the town's 2004, $6.2 million bond for water improvements, had been the most competitive bidding in recent years.

According to Department of Public Works Director Steve Goslee, the town had received a total of five bids for the project. Weston and Sampson, as the low-bidder, was the only firm to come in under the town's $4 million budget.

Bids were also received from: Carlin Construction, of Waterford, Conn., for $4,506,840; Waterline Industries, of Seabrook, N.H., for $4,847,577; R. Zuppo Corporation, of Stoughton, Mass., for $4,997,000; and Thielsch Engineering, of Cranston for $5,214,750. Construction on the Great Creek facility will have to wait until the town receives permitting from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). That permit is expected to be obtained shortly, according to Goslee.

The water plant project, which is projected to take approximately 20 months, will be overseen by the town's water consultants, Fay, Spofford and Thorndike (FST), of Burlington, Mass., as well as town officials.

Transmitter proposed

A Providence-based non-profit center is seeking approval from the town council to install a radio transmitter on top of the town's water tower.

The Mother of Life Center, a private 501(C)3 pro-life counseling and assistance center for pregnant women and girls operating under the teachings of the Catholic Church, submitted correspondence to the town council notifying the town of their request.

According to David O'Connell, Director of the Mother of Life Center, his organization is hoping to begin broadcasting non-commercial Christian programming on FM frequency 88.7 from an antenna placed atop the town's water tower.

Citing past concerns from residents over electromagnetic radiation, Councilman Julio DiGiando said he would need additional information before considering the request.

Council members agreed that they would need additional information and said that they would take the matter up at their next regularly scheduled meeting.

In other business:

Residents who were awakened by the sound of construction at the new water tower on Howland Ave. last Saturday will now be able to sleep in. When queried by Councilman Michael Schnack if additional Saturday construction was planned, Goslee reported that he had spoken with the contractor and no further Saturday work would take place. Interior painting at the new water tower was scheduled to commence this week.

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser reported that no new information on the town's affordable housing plan was available due to a delay by the state granting agency.

Two applications for utility service expansion were deferred pending further review by the Planning Commission and Zoning Board: An application by Colognese, Andrea et Carella, Doriana dba Village Hearth Bakery for utility service expansion/change of use, and an application by Rosemary Tutsch for utility service expansion/ change of use for 123A Narragansett Ave. for a planned hair salon.

Goslee reported that pumping for June at the town treatment plant was up for the month as the island enters its peak use period, while rainfall came in at 50 percent of its monthly average.

The North Reservoir was 15 inches below capacity as of Monday and the town has begun transferring water between the South and North reservoirs. Goslee also reported that both of the town's wells were operational and producing between 30,000 and 40,000 gallons of water per day.

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