Pickerington City Council unanimously approved emergency legislation July 16 awarding contracts for both the Longview Tank Vault Valve Project and the Sycamore Creek Bank Stabilization Project.
The two projects, both part of the city's 2013 Capital Improvements Plan, received no bids, therefore the city was free to negotiate with other companies for the best available price.
The contract for the Longview Tank Vault Valve Project was awarded to Beheler Excavating for $75,075.
That contract was passed as emergency legislation because the Butler, Ohio-based company offered the city a discount to start the work immediately.
City officials said they also desire to have the Longview Tank valve installation completed prior to paving Longview Road, which is on its summer resurfacing schedule.
Officials said they don't want the large truck traffic associated with the project to impact a newly paved road.
Pickerington Service Director Ed Drobina said the project is essential in that the Longview water tank, constructed in 1987, doesn't have an altitude valve.
"This is not a replacement, it's an addition," Drobina said.
"The valve is needed so we can fill all of our storage tanks to the same level," he said.
Currently the city can't fill either the Refugee Road Tank or the East Columbus Street Tank to their maximum levels because the Longview Tank will overflow, Drobina said.
"With the installation of the valve, when the Longview Tank reaches its full level, the altitude valve will automatically close, stopping the flow from entering the tank but allowing the water plant to continue operating until the other two tanks are filled to their maximum level," Drobina said.
The project is separate from Pickerington's comprehensive tank maintenance contact with Utility Services Group.
However, Drobina said the goal is to "have the valve installed before the tank maintenance contractors are on site."
The contract for the Sycamore Creek Streambed Preservation Project was awarded to George J. Igel & Co. with a bid of $175,300.
A section of Sycamore Creek located behind residences in the Shawnee Crossing subdivision continues to undergo substantial stream bank erosion.
With the assistance of a $140,000 Ohio EPA grant, the city plans to restore the failing stream bank which will also lessen the chance of flooding downstream from the project.
The city's match for the Stream Bank Stabilization project is $96,465.
City Engineer Scott Tourville stated that in order to meet OEPA grant requirements, construction must be completed prior to the end of the calendar year.
Drobina said work will commence on both city projects once the contracts are signed next month.
"Once we pass the legislation, we have to wait 30 days before the ordinances becomes effective," he said.