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Holley picks engineering firm for water, sidewalk projects

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 13 December 2017 at 8:05 am

HOLLEY – Village Board members on Tuesday evening authorized Mayor Brian Sorochty to sign engineering agreements pertaining to the village’s upcoming sidewalk and water improvements projects.

The village will contract with Wendel Engineering of Williamsville for both projects. Wendel will act as an engineering consultant for the sidewalk reconstruction project.

For the water improvements project, Sorochty will sign an Owner Engineer Agreement with Wendel for the Water System Improvements Grant.

The village will pay Wendel $167,675 for its work on the water system improvement project. Chatfield Engineering also submitted a proposal to the village at a cost of $189,430.

Sorochty said the village was not required to request proposals for the engineering work on the water project, but, “we had two very qualified engineers and we felt it was in the best interest of village residents to put out a request for proposals,” he explained.

The sidewalk and water projects, “mirror each other exactly,” Sorochty noted, and having the same engineering firm for both will create, “both practical and operational savings.”  He said Wendel is, “supremely qualified to do the work.”

The village received a TAP grant of $1.78 million to construct curbs and sidewalks that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Additionally, the village received nearly $1.3 million from the state for upgrades to the water system through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, as well as the Intermunicipal Water Infrastructure Grants Program.

In other business Tuesday, trustees approved spending $25,950 for the purchase of a transformer by the municipal electric department.

The purchase is being made for the thermal treatment of contaminated soil and water at the former Diaz site in the village. Sorochty said the village will be reimbursed by the Diaz site bursar for the purchase.  Once the remediation work is done, the transformer will become the village’s asset, the mayor said.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing the remediation project.

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