FULTON, NY – Repairs and upgrades to the city of Fulton’s waste water treatment plant, in compliance with a consent order issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, are slated to begin as soon as the construction contracts are signed.
C.O. Falter Construction Corp. project manager Jeremy Boyer said in a phone interview with OswegoCountyToday.com on Monday that the $1.24 million project could begin any day.
“The contracts were issued last week,” Boyer said. “We’re executing them, getting our bonds and insurance together and we will return the contracts to city hall this week. As soon as they’re signed we’ll be ready to begin.”
In a unanimous 6-0 vote Feb. 4 the Common Council approved C.O. Falter Construction’s low bid for the project on the advice of Joseph Awald, project engineer for GHD Consulting, and Fulton Commissioner of Public Works Daniel O’Brien.
The second lowest bid was submitted by Blue Heron for $1.26 million.
Scriba Electric won the electrical portion of the project with a bid of $37,500. The second lowest bid was submitted by Dow Electric for $64,423.
According to DEC documents relating to the waste water treatment plant – located on Route 48 in the town of Granby, “under the order of consent, the City is required to upgrade and modernize its grit removal and digester mixing systems.”
The grit removal upgrade to the waste water treatment plant will add a new layer of debris removal to the current process.
The plant currently uses a bar screen to filter out the large debris from water before it enters the plant for processing.
The $1.24 million price tag includes replacing the treatment plant’s first line of debris removal with a new bar screen along with installing the new grit removal system upgrade.
“The flow goes through the new bar screen first, then it will go through the new grit removal system,” the project engineer explained. “When waste water enters a plant having flowed through different pipe lines it picks up debris. It might be pebbles, rocks, small debris in the waste water. This grit removal system will remove as much debris as possible before the waste water enters other processes in the plant.”
The project manager said the waste water treatment plant would stay online while the repairs and upgrades are being made.
“The owner has taken on the responsibility of diverting the flow from our work area so we can complete our work without interrupting the current process they have going on,” Boyer said.
According to the city’s web site, the sewage treatment plant processes 3.4 million gallons of raw sewage per day.
The specified contract completion time is 240 days. “That puts us out to about the end of October,” Boyer noted.
C.O. Falter Construction is based in Syracuse. The company is currently manning another area project at the Excess Flow Management Facility in Oswego.