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Colton gets things cooking with new Town Engineer

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COLTON - The town of Colton will now have a bit of extra help when it comes to future municipal and technical engineering services, after they selected Ike Cook to be their to new town engineer.

Mr. Cook works for MRB Group, PC, an engineering and architectural firm in Watertown.

According to the resolution, work will include “plan review and consulting services to the town board, town planning board, zoning board of appeals and conservation board.”

“This was done in other towns, and I have a copy for us here that was based upon other towns having done this. I think the board has gotten to know Ike Cook and he has a lot of ties (to Colton) - he and his family,” Town Supervisor Dennis B. Bulger said.

“He’s the one that we’ve engaged to come up with a concept drawing for 90 Main St. and the design for the library. He has brought some technical folks up here, hands on people and (they have) gotten with (DPW Superintendent Darren Richards) and they’ve gone through the sewage treatment plant, and I think they’ve done a super job in giving some advice as to how me might extend the life of that for another 30 years maybe.”

Services will also consist of surveys, studies, reports, design, construction inspection and project administration on various projects. Mr. Cook will be available to attend town board meetings upon request and “provide advice as needed, attend administrative board meetings upon request and advise the boards as needed.”

“He has a real interest in the town. He’s up here a lot, and I think he’d be a perfect person to have available to us when we want some engineering advice,” Mr. Bulger said. “MRB’s specialty is water and sewer infrastructure, water treatment and supply, wastewater collection pumping, sewage system rehabilitation, site design and GIS services. They’ve worked in the architectural area of villages, town halls, community centers, public libraries, fire stations, just to name a few.

“So that’s the area that we’d be looking at using someone like that in, and if we still have a need in the highway area, then most likely we’d be looking at someone we’ve used in the past. So (selecting Mr. Cook) doesn’t exclude other people but it brings in an engineer.”

Compensation for work done by Mr. Cook will be based on time and material in accordance with his fee schedule. The town may, however, request a fixed fee or a not to exceed fee on any given project.

“(Ike and I) talked about it when he put one of the designs up here and that’s why I said ‘Well, let’s go ahead and come up with a resolution to make him our town engineer,’” Mr. Bulger said.

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