One-year agreement with Reukert & Mielke replaces staff engineer
Village of Saukville officials are so satisfied with the engineering services they have been receiving from Reukert & Mielke, they decided to extend their relationship by another year.
Trustees unanimously approved a one-year contract with the Waukesha engineering firm which will run through February 2016.
The village has a long record of using Reukert & Mielke for special projects, but began using the firm on an as-needed basis after Roy Wilhelm left as village engineer last year.
The village did not hire a replacement.
According to the contract, the firm will bill the village $129 an hour for standard engineering services.
Engineer Steven Wurster, a vice president with the firm, said the agreement includes 48 hours of “donated” time.
“We don’t want you to hesitate about calling us if a question comes up. That is why we built in the ‘donated’ time, to handle routine calls and simple tasks,” Wurster said.
The village’s primary contact will be senior project manager David Arnott.
He said the firm works with 35 communities in the state, and about 98% of its workload is with municipalities.
The contract offers a full hourly rate schedule for specific services, including access to a landscape architect, economic consultant, asset management consultant, SCADA analyst, land surveyor, construction review manager and certified public accountant.
Although the contract is specific in what charges will be, Wurster said it is open-ended as far as the village obligations are concerned.
“At any point, if you decide this is not working for you, we’ll just go off on our merry way,” he said.
Officials noted as a specialized service, the village did not need to get bids for the engineering contract.
The village began contracting with R&M for village engineering services last April, and spent $179,000 with the firm last year, according to Village Administrator Dawn Wagner.
However, nearly $173,000 of that amount was for engineering work done on planning for Well No. 6 and the designing of the Linden Street/Colonial Parkway reconstruction project, much of which would have been paid whether or not the village had a staff engineer, according to Wagner.
The 2014 village budget included nearly $113,000 for salary and benefits for the engineer.
Officials assumed they would retain the as-needed arrangement with R&M, and included $45,000 in the 2015 budget for engineering services.