Cady Springs pump station project moves forward

The Cady Springs pump station which initially started in 2003, looks like it’s one step closer to completion.

With the staff’s ability to find additional cost-savings, and with the a new surplus of the city’s water capitol funds, the project’s vision has become clearer and its completion within sight. In fact, the work was slated to begin the first week of October.

With the city allocated $1.489 million in grants from Proposition 84 funds, the remaining $1.163 million to complete the overall project will be taken from the 7110 Water Capitol surplus rate stabilization funds.

At the same meeting, the city held a presentation on its natural gas and water bonds, which received better cost savings than expected, freeing up more than $850,000 in the water enterprise and $1.8 million for the gas enterprise.

Susanville Public Works Director Dan Newton also detailed that n addition to the use of freed up to a total of $1.163 million in funds.

Newton said, “With the refinancing of the water debt has freed up about $2.2 million of funds that were locked up for rate stabilization, so we’re asking for to utilize up to $1.163 million,” said

The city council executed the contract for construction with RaPiD Construction of Carson City and the city’s finance director, Deborah Savage, was directed to increase the project budget to $2.653 million including the 20 percent contingencies.

The project has a completion deadline of December 2020 or later and staff recommends moving forward with the contract so significant portions can be completed this year.

Overall the city staff found an immediate savings of $146,000.

They also sought savings through staff contributing institutional knowledge along with both personnel and equipment to facilitate savings through support for the project and coordination efforts with the contractor.

The original base bid of $1.86 million was reduced to $1.697 million with the removal of certain items and a reduction in some bid item quantities.

The additional work desired by the city to facilitate completion of the project, where not already in the base bid, has reduced the amount of no more than $496,694 to only $264,000.

There are still unknown items existing that are of concern which include the integrity of the tank’s internal coating and the buried pipe system with it’s contents that justify a contingency in excess of the typical 10 percent. Staff has done its due diligence to determine that existing infrastructure remaining in the ground is viable.

However, the city will not know for sure until the new facilities are brought on-line and the entire system is tested.