By: Laura Genouw
The emergency generator and switchgear components at the Wastewater Treatment Facility in the city of St. Johns are going to be replaced this year using funds from the 2012/13 approved city budget.
“The generator needs to be replaced to maintain proper performance and ensure that it will work in case of an emergency.” Utility Director, Steven Martin said.
Funds for this project in the amount of $213,550 are available in the current 2012/13 approved budget. This leaves a remaining balance of $44,450 to be funded by the Water and Sewer Fund Balance.
St. Johns held a bid opening on Feb. 13 for the replacement of the generator.
“There was a bid opening for the replacement of the emergency generator and switchgear components at the Wastewater Treatment Facility,” Martin said. “Representing the city was Mindy Seavey, City Clerk, Tammy Wright and myself.”
Dennis LaForest, City Manager, said that after this bid opening, city staff reviewed the bids to find the potential contractor for the emergency generator and switchgear component replacements.
The city commissioners accepted the bid from Michigan State Electric, LLC for a total amount of $258,000.
The accepted bid by Michigan State Electric was among the lowest bids at the bid opening said Martin.
“City staff performed reference checks on the two lowest bidders,” Martin said. “This is a standard procedure to review the potential contractor’s current and past performance, prior to submitting a recommendation to the City Commission.”
Mayor of St. Johns, Dana Beaman, said he has authorized the project and is working to execute the necessary contractor agreement with Michigan State Electric.
Authorization and approval was discussed and granted at the March 11 city commission meeting by Beaman along with Cynthia Warda, Deputy City Manager, and the St. Johns commissioners.
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Dennis LaForest, City Manager
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