2008-05-22 / News

Town Council awards bid to build new highway barn

$1.7 million approved for highway garage next to Newport Bridge
By Sam Bari

The Town Council approved a bid to design and build a new highway garage and salt storage facility at a cost of up to $1,697,500 at its Monday night session.

Town Engineer Michael Gray presented the designs for the new highway garage and salt storage building to the council and recommended A. Autiello Construction Co. of Cranston to design and build the two buildings after reviewing all of the bids.

Gray went through the fourpage design plan as well as the budget with the council. Council members had a few questions, but all found the design to be attractive and the budget acceptable. Gray said that planning, zoning, and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority also had to approve the plans. He suggested that the council meet with the Planning Commission June 4 at 6 p.m. before its regular meeting begins.

In his cover letter, Gray said if planning approved the design and budget, then he could present it to the zoning board at its June 24 meeting and adhere to the construction schedule. The idea is to finish both projects before winter, Gray said.

The council approve the bid from A. Autiello Construction Co. to design and build the new highway garage for an amount not to exceed $1,497,500 with a 4-0 vote. A motion was then made to approve the bid by the same company to design and build the salt storage building for an amount not to exceed $200,000. The motion also passed with a 4-0 vote.

In all, the town received three bids for the work. Those not accepted came from Nadeau Corp., who bid $1.53 million for the garage and $200,000 for the salt building; and Alhambra Building Co., whose bid was $1.64 million for the garage and $192,402 for the salt storage facility.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a motion to advertise a public hearing to discuss the rules and regulations governing the board of Water and Sewer Commissioners as amended on July 17, 2006.

The council agreed to send a letter of agreement to the town of Narragansett concerning its letter to Representative Jan Malik, chair of the House Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources. The letter is in support of the town of Narragansett's concerns about the proposed bill, H-7787 dealing with the Rhode Island shared Water Resources act.

The bill would require all water systems that service more than 1,500 customers to be regulated by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The letter encouraged the town of Jamestown to vote against this pending legislation.

In an unrelated matter, the council voted to approve a motion to charge William and Elise Geddes $12,360 for water use after it was discovered that their property at 15 Maple Ave. never had a water meter. Councilman Sutton made a note for the record that the council agreed to the compromised figure out of compassion for the Geddes, and not because the town did anything wrong. The reason for a meter not being installed at the property owned by Geddes was unknown. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Public Works Director Steve Goslee reported that town wells JR-1 and JR-3 are back in service. The pumps and piping have all been serviced and the wells alternate and produce 50 gallons per minute. They run only when the treatment plant is running to maintain consistent water chemistry at the plant, his report said.

Goslee reported that the reservoir color increased marginally this month. April and May tend to be the months with the greatest color, he said. The treatment plant operated at 97 percent this month for turbidity removal, Goslee said, adding that the construction of the new treatment plant is moving along well.

The backfill of the building interior floor slab and compaction is ongoing, and the installation of the interior drain and waste piping is complete. He also said that the installation of new underground electric service conduit and the installation of conduit between old and new buildings are complete. All phases of the construction are on schedule, Goslee reported.

Goslee said that the discharge from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation pump station underneath Route 138 at North Main Road has been sampled. "We are waiting for the test results," Goslee said. "I expect them to be returned in about two weeks."

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