Metamora continues to make headway on water quality improvements throughout the Village with an agreement made between Metamora and Farnsworth Engineering Group Inc.
To establish an agreement between the two parties, Eric Bachman, Farnsworth Engineering Group principal, first displayed a map that indicated what construction would go into the water system improvement project. He said the project would consist of four divisions.
A new 12-inch water main will go east of Saint Mary’s Cemetery along Progress Street. A new 6-inch natural water main will run north/south across Progress Street, also east of the cemetery.
A new 12-inch water main will get installed just south of Santa Fe Road and Northeast of the Village’s water treatment plant. The current piping system where the water main will go runs parallel to Santa Fe Road, as well as parallel to the water treatment plant.
A water main will go halfway between Susan Lane, which runs north/south and is just outside of Westmore Estates. The determined length of the main is 8 inches.
At the west outskirts of Metamora, engineers will construct a new 12-inch natural water main just south of Santa Fe Trail. That will become part of a long line of piping running from the water treatment plant to Robinswood Lane.
Bachman said the project is lengthy and challenging. He said the map created for the project indicates a more simplistic version than the reality.
“It’s not as easy as those lines sketched on the paper,” Bachman said.
Before agreeing to the terms of the project, Metamora Village trustee Doug Hawk asked about the engineer doing supervisory control and data acquisition work.
“Is SCADA work included in this project?” he asked.
SCADA is a type of control system that monitors and controls industrial, infrastructure and facility-based processes.
In the case of the Metamora water project, SCADA would monitor water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection and treatment, if used.
Bachman answered that he did not include SCADA work in the agreement. He said that the Village would need to make that a separate project.
“It’s a separate project that the Village would want to budget for separately,” he said.
The Board decided to accept the proposed terms. A Village Board vote of 6-0 sealed the agreement between the two parties.
“We look forward to delivering another successful project to the Village,” Bachman said.
The agreement between the Village and Farnsworth Engineering Inc. states that the total cost of the project will not exceed $76,900. That means the time taken to do the job cannot exceed a certain amount as well.
“This is probably advantageous to the village,” he said.
Bachman reviewed the costs of the project and managed to cut down expenses by 15 percent, saving the Village a total of $15,500 on the project.
“We were asked to look at the scope of our services to see where it could be reduced,” he said.