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Norfolk reworking sewer project numbers

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NORFOLK - In order to remain under a $5.9 million project budget, Norfolk town officials have made some changes with costs for their long sought after sewer project.

The sewer project involves the construction of a new sewer plant, located on County Route 38 just past West Main Street. The town will also be re-lining all of the sewer mains as part of the project.

The town board had decided on 80 percent of its contracts for the work in late February, awarding four out of the five project bids.

After a special meeting on Friday, however, Town Supervisor Charles A. Pernice said that some numbers had to be altered.

“We accepted and are going to award contracts one, two, three and four. Due to the change in the scope and change in the work in contract five, we will be going out to re-bid there,” Mr. Pernice said. “Basically we were way over budget and are trying to get back in our budget numbers.”

Contract one, which consists of general construction, is going to Danko Construction Corporation in Massena at a cost of $3,267,000. The town had initially put this portion of the work out for another bid two months ago.

Contract two deals with mechanical construction and will be performed by Perras Excavating, Inc., out of Massena for a price of $580,000. The original accepted bid from the contractor was $688,382.

Contract three involves the plumbing work and is far and away the least costly of the project’s five components. The initial accepted bid of $26,700 from Norwood Plumbing, Inc., will be unchanged.

“The original budget was supposed to be $5,952,550. We are just about there but hopefully if we can save a little money on contract five we can add a couple of other things in” Mr. Pernice said.

The final portion of the project that was changed, contract four, deals with electrical work. Town officials accepted a bid from Watson Electric in February for $405,000. That figure has been reduced to $366,000.

Each of the four accepted contracts were the low bids received.

In February, contract five (collection system rehabilitation) was awarded to Branon Construction Co., Inc., at a $1,353,000 price tag. Due to the other changes in cost, that contract will be going out for a re-bid.

“I’m hoping that it will only be a couple of weeks until we get contract five squared away,” Mr. Pernice said.

Contract one consists of building the actual plant and contract two involves installing the equipment required along with a majority of the piping inside the plant as well as the heating system.

Contract three (plumbing) has to do with the interior plumbing for sinks, toilets and other minor items. Contract four is all of the electrical work and contract five relates to re-lining the collection system or sewer mains.

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