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Water, sewer mapping to occur in Harrisville

September 11, 2012
Andrew Westrope - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

HARRISVILLE - The Harrisville City Council agreed on Monday to hire Wilcox Associates, Inc. of Alpena to complete the city's long-gestating plan to map its water, sewer and storm sewer systems.

The work will include locating and mapping all the hydrants, pumps, tanks, wells and road center lines for the water system; preparing an overall water distribution system computer-aided design; mapping horizontal and vertical control of the city's sewers and storm sewers; and inspecting the sewers on Church Street from US-23 to Lake Street, then on First, Second and Adams streets. The council closed bidding for the project and accepted eight bids ranging from $18,300 to $48,400 in early August, and on Monday it unanimously voted for Wilcox's price of $28,000 as the lowest that would reliably match the city's hopes for the project. Mayor John Dobis said the lower bids would not have addressed some residents' flooding concerns.

"We spent a lot of time on this. Basically, if you compare the ($23,600 bid) and the ($28,000 bid), they were both in line, they were very competitive, but that's not what I, as mayor, want," he said. "I promised to look into something for the citizens in this community, and I also reacted and responded to a petition for Adams Street, so the ($23,600 bid) was not the player I was looking for."

He expects Wilcox Associates to begin work within the next 60 days and complete the project by early spring 2013.

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