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April 8, 2013

Reliable sewage treatment machinery could use an inspection, cleaning

City leaders must decide on pair of contracts

CUMBERLAND — Two contracts, which total $172,500, will be considered by the Cumberland mayor and council Tuesday evening so that the egg-shaped waste digester at the city’s treatment plant can be inspected and cleaned.

“When the city bought the digester 25 years ago there was only one other like it and that was in San Diego,” said City Administrator Jeff Rhodes. “It has never been out of service in those 25 years.”

The elected officials will consider a $38,000 contract with CB&I Inc. to inspect the anaerobic digester and one of $134,500 with Synagro Center, LLC for its cleaning.

“This is very specialized work,” Rhodes said.

Also on the public meeting agenda is a change order of $477,922 to a contract with Belt Paving Inc. for work on South Centre Street from Harrison Street to Dexter Place.

Belt already has a contract for similar work on South Centre from Queen City Drive to Harrison that is associated with replacement of natural gas and water lines.

“(Columbia Gas) discovered that the gas line from Harrison to Dexter needed replaced so we are replacing the water line there as well,” Rhodes said. “That work will be done at night to reduce disruption to downtown businesses.”

The additional work will bring the total of the contract with Belt Paving to $954,509.

Other agenda items in-clude:

• Presentation by city staff of projects to be funded via Community Development Block Grants, with time for public suggestions.

• Final reading of an ordinance pertaining to the removal or trimming of trees and vegetation.

• Order allowing city police to provide emergency assistance in the C&O Canal National Historical Park area.

• Final reading of ordinance allowing use of up to $1.5 million of public improvement bond money to meet temporary cash requirements of general fund.

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