East Harwich Sewer Bids Higher Than Expected

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Wastewater treatment

Wastewater planning

HARWICH — Bids for the first of two sewer contracts for phase two of the comprehensive wastewater management plan were opened last Thursday, and while a local contractor, Robert B. Our Company, was the low bidder, the bids were higher than expected.

The town received four bids, with the Our Company coming in at $11,368,663 with the next lowest bidder, RJV Construction, Inc., at $11,764,616. Town Administrator Christopher Clark said all four bids were reasonably competitive, with the highest bid at $12,375,463.

“I’m pleased the Robert B. Our Company came in with a competitive bid because they are a local contractor and they’ve done a lot of good work for us in the past,” Clark said.

Michael Guidice, project engineer for CDM Smith, Inc., the town’s consultant, said the estimate for the contract was a little bit lower than the bids. The sewer installation project for East Harwich was divided into two contracts, initially estimated at a total of $18.5 million. The plan is to provide sewering to 650 properties in the East Harwich area through the two contracts.

The first contract has more of the carrying pipe, the backbone of the system, than the second contract, Clark said, possibly a reason for the slightly higher than expected bid. Guidice said some alternates could be necessary in the bid specifications for the second contract. There is presently a very competitive market for sewer installation projects, he added.

“We’ll go through the bids to make sure they are not missing anything,” Guidice said.

“We’ll do our due diligence and go through the numbers before we get them to the board of selectmen,” Clark concurred.

The work includes installation of 26,500 linear feet of eight-inch to 18-inch PVC and ductile iron sewer pipe; 3,300 linear feet of four-inch to six-inch ductile iron force main; two submersible pumping stations; connections and appurtenances; earthwork; dewatering and drainage, paving, restoration and miscellaneous work and cleanup as specified.

Guidice said the contract will provide sewers in the commercial district in East Harwich and some of the subdivisions around the district. Sewer mains will run from the intersection of Routes 137 and 39 south to Queen Anne Road, from the Routes 137 and 39 intersection north to Partridge Lane, west to Captain Bearse Lane and east to the end of the commercial district.

Clark anticipated a recommendation on the bid contract would be ready for selectmen by the board's June 3 or June 10 meeting. The plan is to have the contract executed by the end of June and the project underway by mid to late August. It will take two years to complete the work, Guidice said; the contract allows 730 days.

Property easements will be executed at the same time as the contract is issued by the board of selectmen, Clark said. Easements will be necessary along 15 private roads; there will be no compensation for the easements, he said.

“The convenience of having the sewer is more valuable than the theoretical loss of the use of the property,” Clark said.

A kick-off meeting on the project is scheduled for June 6 with CDM Smith and Weston and Sampson Engineering, the firm hired as project manager, to provide an overview of the project and get everyone up to speed, Clark said.

Clark said Weston and Sampson has retained Charlie Sumner, former longtime town administrator in Brewster, to serve as outreach coordinator. He will be available to work with residents in the area who have questions relating to sewer connections or other issues related to the project. Sumner can be contacted at 774-353-7033.