Cartersville approves engineer for Tennessee St.
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 05, 2012 | 1841 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The effort to replace, repair and relocate water and sewer lines under Tennessee Street is one step closer to getting under way with the selection of Prime Engineering for the project’s engineer.

Prime Engineering, chosen during the Cartersville City Council’s Thursday night meeting, was only the second lowest of the four engineering firms that submitted proposals to the city. However, Cartersville Water Department Director Jim Stafford said Prime Engineering had one advantage over the other companies.

The water department required all four companies to include a full-time inspector to be on site, and the department’s selection committee decided Prime Engineering had the best inspector.

“Prime Engineering provided a registered, professional engineer from Georgia Tech who has seven years of field experience. ... He would be the lead engineer for making decisions on unforeseen conditions and he would be responsible for as-built drawings and GPS location,” Stafford said.

Prime Engineering will be responsible for bidding, construction services and inspection during the project. Their contract will total $208,708.18. That amount is higher than previously estimated, Stafford said, because the project expanded during the proposal process.

During the relocation, some water and sewer lines will tie in with existing lines running to Tennessee Street. In addition, a section of the new lines will be re-routed to go down Douglas Street. Stafford said the re-routing will be faster, and cheaper, than buying construction and permanent easements on some parts of Tennessee Street.

The expansion is estimated to add 3,800 feet of pipe to the project.

Council member Jayce Stepp asked if the request for proposal and bidding process saved the city any money. Stafford said it was possible, but it was difficult to tell as the project was modified after selecting a firm.

Stafford also said surveying could begin in less than a month.

Also approved was funding for a value engineering study for the Douthit Ferry Road project. As the project will cost more than $10 million, the Georgia Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the federally funded project, selected an outside engineering firm to review the project.

The outside firm went through the plans to identify any potential cost savings and ensure the plan was completed correctly. While the study is complete, Cartersville is required to pay it. The total cost came to $49,639.69, which will come out of the 2003 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

Bobby Elliott, director of Cartersville Public Works, said the city was required to pay the fee. He later added the city should receive the value study report by Nov. 14.

Other Cartersville City Council business included:

• Signing a Red Ribbon Week proclamation sponsored by the Etowah Valley Young Marines.

• Approving an annexation and zoning application for 77 Star Dust Trail.

• Approving an annexation and zoning application for 13 Mission Hills Drive.

• Hearing a quarterly update on the Urban Redevelopment Plan.

• Approving Earline Burke’s nomination to the Downtown Development Authority board.

• Approving a change order in the amount of $8,590.41 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive sewer and water line replacement for a project total of $44,255.21.

• Approving a change order in the amount of $60,645.63 for the South Erwin Street water main for a project total of $575,486.68.

• Approving a change order in the amount of $13,050.41 for a grit collector project for a project total of $64,315.48.

• Approving a fee amendment for Jacob Engineering for work on the South Erwin Street project in the sum of $2,200.

• Approving Southland Engineering as the project engineer for the West Avenue water main and sidewalk replacement project in the sum of $19,550.

• Approving the purchase of a truck bed for the water department in the sum of $9,600.

• Approving a labor bid for the installation of the Wansley Drive box culvert from C.H. Kirkpatrick in the sum of $89,933.63.

• Approving the city’s application to the WaterFirst Community Program.

• Approving Georgia Power’s relocation of power lines on Main Street in a sum not to exceed $14,376.

• Approving the payment of $34,221.63 for the Cartersville-Bartow County Airport’s sewer system.

The Cartersville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at city hall.