“Although bids for the Middleville village wastewater treatment plant upgrades came in 2.64 percent above estimated costs, village officials said they feel confident the job can be completed within the budget and contingency fund set. Department of Public Works Director Alec Belson said the village received four bids, the lowest from Davis Construction at $1.97 million. The cost is about 2.64 percent over the engineer’s estimate. Belson told village officials the budget for the project includes a 10 percent contigency fund that will cover the 2.64 percent additional costs. He said he also feels confident the contingency will still be enough to complete the project. In a memo, project manager Brandon Mieras of Williams and Works, noted the four bids were extremely competitive. He also said Davis Construction has extensive experience with this type of work, has good subcontractors and equipment suppliers, and has a high reputation. He said his office has worked with Davis Construction on several projects in the past. Bids ranged from the low bid from Davis Construction to $2.365 million. The project includes an additional to the wastewater treatment facility, as well as upgrades such as new pipes, screens, meters, blowers, pumps, storage tanks, valves, lift-station controls, electrical gear, remodeling of the laboratory facilities and equipment, relocation of the emergency generator and construction of a new two-story addition to the building. Work is expected to begin this spring and likely continue through October.”

 

-Julie Makarewicz