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Heights moves forward with capital improvement projects

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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:30 pm

HARKER HEIGHTS — City Manager David Mitchell received authorization to sign several professional services contracts with Walker Partners for the engineering of five capital improvement projects during Tuesday’s council meeting.

The projects, which total more than $3.6 million, include:

Upgrades to the Cedar Knob pump station and Warriors Path lift station.

The purchase of a mixing system for the Cedar Oaks standpipe.

Installation of a liquid ammonium sulfate system at the Verna Lee pump station.

Reconstructing Amy Lane.

The City Council prequalified 26 engineering firms for general civil engineering services on April 24, 2012, including Walker Partners, said Mark Hyde, director of public works.

Hyde said the company recently completed the maintenance yard pump station improvements including a 1.5-million-gallon ground storage tank and 24-inch diameter water transmission line connecting the pump station to the Arrowhead water storage tanks. “A six-member evaluation committee prequalifies the firms based on qualification, experience and competence in water, wastewater, transportation and drainage projects,” Hyde said, adding that once prequalified, engineering firms stay listed on the city’s Schedule A for two years.

Hyde said the firm has evaluated and provided engineering and construction probable costs for the projects.

Funds for the projects are included in the fiscal year 2013-2014 capital improvement budget.

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