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Water tank project awaits OK



Published: Wed, June 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The new tank will be done in late 2006 or early 2007.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- The city's board of control will consider a request Thursday from the water department to approve a $2.8 million contract with a company to build a 1.5 million-gallon water tank in Austintown.

The tank will increase water storage and pressure for water department customers in Austintown, Canfield and Jackson townships, said Gene Leson, Youngstown Water Department's chief engineer. The tank also will allow the city to expand its water service to the southwest, he said.

The water department opened bids last month for the tank construction. Of the two bids it received, the department recommends the board of control award the contract to CB & amp;I Constructors Inc., a company with its corporate headquarters in the Netherlands.

The company's $2,833,000 was the lowest of the two bids, and is below the engineer's estimate of $2.9 million for the work.

The other proposal of $3,438,000 came from Caldwell Tanks Inc. of Louisville, Ky.

At its meeting today, city council is to authorize the board of control to enter into a contract with the lowest and best bidder for the project. The board of control's agenda for Thursday's meeting includes a request from the water department to approve the CB & amp;I proposal.

Beginning construction

Foundation work for the tank will begin later this year, Leson said. The tank project will be done in late 2006 or early 2007, he said.

The board of control hired MS Consultants of Youngstown for $36,357 for construction management and on-site inspection of the project.

The city is replacing a 125,000-gallon water tank on Kirk Road in Austintown, a short distance from the new water tank, and a 500,000-gallon water tank on Dunlap Drive, also in Austintown.

Funding was provided from a $944,380 no-interest loan from the state Issue 2 public works fund, and the rest from a low-interest loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority, Leson said.

The water department raised water rates by 8.5 percent annually in 2003 and 2004, and by 5.5 percent this year, to pay for the new tank and other water improvement projects. Before those increases, the water department hadn't raised its rates since July 1, 1994.

skolnick@vindy.com




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