Although county has rejected road bids, village hopes to get water and sewer projects done this year
Village of Fredonia officials concede that reconstruction of Fredonia Avenue is not going to happen this year, after the Ozaukee County Public Works Committee rejected all the bids received for the work last month.
However, the Village Board agreed last week to salvage what they can of the current construction season.
Trustees voted to repackage the water main installation and sanitary sewer components of the project in hopes that the utility work can be done this year.
Although the village is sharing the cost of the road reconstruction with the county, it is responsible for the entire cost of the water and sewer work.
When bids for that work topped $700,000, the village asked that those items be removed from the county bid. The estimated cost for the utility work was $300,000.
The village’s request prompted the county to call for a rebidding of the entire project, pushing Fredonia Avenue reconstruction off until 2015.
Village officials had hoped to begin the road reconstruction this month, so that most of the work would be completed by the end of the year.
Village President Chuck Lapicola said it may have been a tactical error to package the utility work with the road reconstruction, but the hope was the village would benefit by creating one large project.
“We probably wouldn’t have included that work with the road if we thought it was going to be that high. In retrospect, maybe we should have kept it as two projects,” Lapicola said.
With that in mind, trustees asked the project engineering firm — Ayers Associates — to prepare a new bid request for just the utility work. According to the board motion, that process is not to exceed $10,000.
“It may be a little late in the game, but sometimes you get better bids in those cases,” Public Works Director Roger Strohm said.
Lapicola said, “All we can do is try. We really have to go forward.”
If favorable bids are received and the water main can be replaced this year, a temporary paving job using two inches of asphalt will be done over the ditch.
That temporary patch is expected to cost about $17,000.
Lapicola said doing the utility work separately from the road work should not prolong problems for residents.
“The big disruption won’t come until the road is being rebuilt and sections have to be closed,” he said.
Despite the setback, We Energies is continuing to install new gas lines along the roadway.
In response to questions from residents, Trustee Don Dohrwardt said temporary patching of those trenches will also be done while awaiting the road and sidewalk reconstruction.
“We won’t leave it the way it is,” Dohrwardt said.