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Tonawanda Board awards sewer contract; Town water line project unveiled

A contract was awarded Monday night for repairs on sanitary sewers in one Town of Tonawanda neighborhood, while a water line replacement project was unveiled for another.

Both projects are expected to be completed this year.

The Town Board awarded a $908,301 contract to Insituform Technologies of Chesterfield, Mo., for rehabilitation of approximately 18,400 lineal feet of sanitary sewers on Cleveland and Orchard drives. Residents have been complaining for years about flooding during high flow periods.

Seven companies submitted bids, ranging from $908,301 to just more than $1.37 million.

"The bids were very competitive," said Councilman Joseph H. Emminger, chairman of the Town Board's Water Resources Committee. The project's cost was estimated at $1.8 million.

Insituform is the creator of the "cured in place" lining that will be used, the councilman noted.

Meanwhile, a May 7 public hearing was scheduled on an estimated $2.5 million water line replacement project on the east side of Delaware Road.

A 12-inch line would replace a 6-inch main between Sheridan Drive and Kenmore Avenue. The work would be done in the road and the right of way.

"We've got a lot of preparation work to do here," said Kenneth F. Maving, director of water resources. Kenmore West High School could be affected.

"We wanted to be done by September, before school starts," Maving said. "I'm not sure that's possible."

Emminger also announced that phase one of the Parker-Fries sewer replacement project, which began in July 2010, is wrapping up. "That should be complete, we're told, within the next 30 days or so."

Phase two begins at Koenig and Fries roads, and heads south on Fries. That work was delayed by "matters outside the Town Board's control," he said.

Emminger was referring to a legal challenge by Accadia Site Contracting of Depew, whose low bid of approximately $7.06 million was rejected by the Town Board. The contract was awarded to Concrete Applied Technologies of Alden, which bid roughly $8.82 million.

The Town Board contended the bid was "conditional," stemming from a letter that Accadia sent to the town's consultant. The company's project manager expressed concern about the potential for damage claims arising from work required in bid specifications; the letter stated Accadia would be held harmless should claims be filed.

Last week, a State Supreme Court justice found the letter conditioned the bid and dismissed Accadia's petition.

"Accadia is disappointed in the court decision and believes that it is wrong, but the real loser here is the taxpayer," Accadia's attorney Joseph J. Manna said, in part, in a statement Monday. "It is truly unfortunate that all of the decision-makers involved in this case closed their ears to Accadia's assurance, fiscal responsibility and taxpayer accountability," Manna said. "Instead, they chose to spend almost [$2 million] more than necessary with a bizarre fervency and even satisfaction. The question that remains is, 'Why?' "