Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 19:11
The Village of Fredonia didn’t gain any ground by rebidding the water main project along Fredonia Avenue, but officials learned the work would cost an additional $150,000 if it was done this fall and then covered by a temporary asphalt patch.
The Village Board learned earlier this month that PTS Contractors of Green Bay submitted the lowest of four bids for the water main project at $830,000.
The bid is equivalent to the one the same contractor offered in June for the job. That bid, which was included as part of the total Fredonia Avenue reconstruction project, was rejected as being too high.
That decision resulted in the Ozaukee County Highway Department deferring the entire project until next year.
In hopes of hurrying the road project along, village officials decided to get new bids for the water main work independent of the road reconstruction.
The plan was to have the water main put into place this fall, and patching the ditch until the road reconstruction begins next spring.
Officials felt the bid was still high, but it was made even worse by requiring the temporary paving. Reducing the amount of asphalt used for the temporary patch would save some money, but the added cost was seen as unpalatable.
“You are talking about a lot of money, and if we put in the water line in fall and rebuilt the road next year the perception in the community is going to be that the road will be torn up for two years,” said Trustee Scott Ehaney.
Filling in the ditch in the roadway with gravel is an option, but it was felt that would cause problems with snow plowing over the winter.
Trustee Fritz Buchholtz was the harshest critic of doing the water main work this year.
“Having the road torn up over two years is asking too much of the business community of Fredonia, or any community,” Buchholtz said.
One advantage of doing the water main work in fall, Village President Chuck Lapicola said, is that it would allow for settling along the utility line before the repaving begins.
Another advantage, Lapicola said, is the timing of the utility work would not be a factor when the county clears the way for road reconstruction.
“We’ve got to be ready to go and not be waiting for the county,” he said.
Trustees voted to contact the contractor and see if they would hold the price for a spring construction schedule.