Oswego Moves Ahead With West Side Sewer Project

OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Administrative Services Committee approved moving forward with various aspects of the city’s sewer project.

Tony Leotta, city engineer, requested authorization for the mayor to sign Amendment No. 1 as revised with Stearns & Wheler, environmental engineers and scientists, in the amount of $30,000 for construction phase services for the West Side Sanitary Sewer System Catch Basin Removal Project.

Leotta also requested authorization for the mayor to sign the Professional Services agreement, as revised, with Stearns & Wheler for quarterly reporting required under the consent decree at a lump sum fee of $21,000.

The funding in both cases shall be derived from the Environmental Facilities Corporation or a bond anticipation note, which ever is more favorable for the city.

And, the city engineer also requested authorization for the purchasing agent to seek bids for additional smoke testing of sanitary sewers and television inspection of sanitary sewers for Area 1 of the west side sanitary sewer system, as well as required by consent decree.

The committee gave a favorable recommendation to all the requests.

Mike Smith, DPW commissioner, requested discussion regarding the rental of a sewer main cleaning machine for the months of June through August, with the option for September.

He also asked for the employment of additional personnel for the same period to augment the workforce to conduct the required sewer main cleaning for the smoke testing and television inspection contract for Area 1 as it relates to the West Side Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey.

Once the sewer lines have been checked, they will need to be cleaned before the televising part of the project can take place, Smith told the committee.

“It’s been suggested that we do that in-house,” he said. “In order to do that, we need to dedicate a machine to that as well as the associated personnel for about a three-month period.

There is a Vac-All machine available from a Rochester firm at $8,500 per month, which is $700 below the current state contract price, the commissioner said.

The estimated cost for the additional personnel for the period is about $16,000.

The money to pay for this can come out of the operating budget to start with, Smith said. Then, it can come from the project, if the council decides to, he added.

The cost could be attached to the Environmental Facilities Corporation funds for the overall sewer project, Leotta pointed out.

The committee sent the request to the full council for consideration.