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Published April 7, 2021

Improvements coming to OB Sands Lift Station

OSAGE BEACH – Sewer issues were part of the agenda at last Thursday’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

The board approved both readings of a contract with Travis Hodge Hauling LLC for the Sands Lift Station Improvement Project.

The city engineer estimated the cost of the project to be $140,000 for the base bid and an extra $15,000 for Alternate #1 - 8-inch Plug Valve Replacement and $14,000 for Alternate #2 - Base Elbow Mount Plate Detail.

If both alternates were chosen the total cost would be $169,000, according to the city engineer’s estimate. The city budgeted $500,000 for the project.

Travis Hodge Hauling was not the lowest of three bids the city received.

Bids and bidder amounts:

Though Travis Hodge was not the lowest bidder they were chosen for the project based on recommendations from Mike Welty, Assistant City Administrator.

Welty explained his reasoning to the board in his written report.

“I am asking for the Board of Alderman to approve this project be awarded to the second lowest bidder, Travis Hodge Hauling LLC. As you know this is the largest sewer lift station in the City’s inventory and one of the largest in the State of Missouri. It is very important that we get this work done the right way. We must have a contractor with experience in working with a station like this. Travis Hodge Hauling LLC was the contractor that did the expansion of the EQ Basin a few years ago. The EQ Basin is attached to Sand lift station and is used to divert flow from the station in times when the station is being worked on or in times of extremely heavy flow. He installed all of the panels that control these mechanisms. This is also the contractor that assisted the City with the installation of the 2 pumps working in the station currently. Travis Hodge has worked on this station at least 6 different times within the last 7 years and has more experience working on the station than any current staff member or contractor that I am aware of.”

The project consists of the demolition and removal of existing guide rails, two discharge elbows, a check valve and a plug valve along with the installation of two new discharge elbows, five pump guide rails, a new guide rail bracket support system, installation of one new check valve and one new plug valve, and the installation of a new fall thru prevention system. This represents the base bid.

The two alternates that were approved by the board are:

Alternate #1: includes the removal of the other four plug valves and installation of all new plug valves. These valves were assessed last fall and it was found at that time that they had never been exercised previously. It took three days for the city to get them closed and back open.

“In the event that we would ever need to close these valves in an emergency situation we cannot wait 3 days,” Welty said. “I am recommending that these valves be replaced. I have put a new valve turning maintenance program in place to insure that these valves are exercised properly on a years basis. This program will insure that this equipment is properly maintained and that if we ever need to close these valves they will be in good working order.”

The valves are used to control the flow of waste water into each pump slot and must be able to be closed properly and quickly anytime the city needs to remove or add a pump for this station.

Alternate #2: includes the construction and installation of two new base mounting plates used to attached the new base elbows to the bottom of the wet well.

Welty said there are two reasons the plates need to be replaced.

“We do not see the bottom of this station very often, so these are things that we won’t know for sure if we need to do until we drain the wet well,” said Welty.

The city wanted to bid the project out sooner but the work is dependent on access to the rebuild and the new pumps that the Board of Alderman approved for purchase late last summer that were supposed to be repaired/built and delivered in February or March of this year.

COVID-19 caused issues with the delivery of the pumps.

The board passed both readings last week so the work could be completed before summer when the project becomes more difficult due to the higher flow rates.

Another sewer issue received its first-reading approval last week and that was the sewer assessment at Tan-Tar-A for $62,500.

This utilizes a clean water engineering reports grant called the Sceap Grant. The city applied for and received this grant in 2020 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Nine proposals were received and the city’s RFQ evaluation team choose Horner & Shifrin, Inc to recommend for award of this project because of the experience they have with this grant.

“Of all of the proposals we received Horner & Shifrin’s showed a clear track record of working with the Department of Natural Resources and municipalities on this specific grant,” Welty said in his report. “There was no one else that submitted a proposal that had more experience with this grant. I also did a lot of my own research into this firm. I contacted their references and other cities that had went through this grant process with them previously. Everyone that I spoke with was happy with the results they got when working with this firm.”

DNR has already approved this agreement and the of the city’s choice of Horner & Shifrin.

This assessment will provide Osage Beach with a report that details areas of improvement in the Tan-Tar-A sewer system and includes (but is not limited to) camera work of 10,000 feet of line, the inspection of 170 to 200 manholes, smoke testing, identifying broken and/or abandoned sewer lines, and a environmental impact study.

The parameters of the report are very specific and must meet DNR guidelines in order for the city to utilize the grant.

The city budgeted $62,500 for the project and will receive $50,000 from the grant.

In other business at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting:

A section of the resolution briefly explains the trail initiative.

“WHEREAS, the Osage Beach Board of Alderman consider cycling and pedestrian transportation to be an importance factor within the City with regard to recreation and transportation opportunities as well as the possibilities of economic and community development; and

WHEREAS, the Lake Trail Committee was created in 2020 by the Community Foundation to advocate for the creation of Lake of the Ozarks Multi-Surface Trails; and

WHEREAS, this Community Foundation initiative seeks to develop multi-surface destination trails throughout the City of Osage Beach and the Lake of the Ozarks Area; and

WHEREAS, with the belief the initiative has the best interest of our Lake Area citizens in mind attempting to improve quality of life, increase property values, showcase the beauty of the Lake of the
Ozarks and spur economic growth.

The second reading of the above bills should take place at the next Board of Aldermen meeting.

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