Medina trustees approve $1 million bid for sewer upgrades

Posted 23 June 2015 at 12:00 am

By Howard Balaban, Correspondent

MEDINA – The Medina Village Board on Monday awarded Blue Heron Construction with the winning bid for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

The bid of $1.07 million was the lowest of three proposals on the project, with all three being reviewed by Larsen Engineers. That firm has worked with Blue Heron in the past and Chelsea Bajek, an environmental engineer with Larson, said the company was comfortable recommending Blue Heron to the village. Blue Heron is based in Jordan, NY, near Syracuse.

Bajek also said Larsen Engineers suggested the village should approve an additional 10 percent of the bid as a contingency. However, the village has already bonded $1.02 million and is paying that back via a 30-year, zero-interest loan. The difference in costs could be made up by dipping into existing reserves, according to Pete Houseknecht, Public Works Superintendent, and could be approved as needed.

The work on the plant was estimated to be done by the end of next year.

Once completed, the upgrades will make Medina’s water plant more efficient and give it more capacity, which will help make it more attractive as a provider as the Genesee County STAMP project continues to move forward and the Medina Business Park seeks to add industry.