In 1998 the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency noted that the City of Carbondale had below ground water storage facilities, clear wells, that were in the flood plain. These clear wells are located at the Old Water Treatment Plant on Wall Street. The clear wells had overflow pipes that during a very major flooding condition could allow inflow of non-potable water. The City installed valves on the overflows and is monitoring the stream for high water conditions, which is satisfactory for the present. However, as a part of the agreement the City is to remove these structures in a resonable period of time.
On February 5, 2002, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute an Engineering Agreement with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) of Springfield, Illinois for preliminary engineering services for the Water Storage Facility Project (WS0202). The preliminary “Water Storage Improvement Study” report was submitted to the City in May 2002, and the final report was submitted in October 2002.
On February 3, 2009, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute an Amendment to the Engineering Services Agreement with CMT, for design phase and the bidding phase services of the project. This agreement has an upper limit of compensation in the amount $160,000.00.
On June 26, 2012, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a Loan Agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for the project for $4,500,000. This loan also qualified for 25% principal forgiveness for up to $1,000,000; the net result being a $3,500,000 loan and a $1,000,000 grant. On July 17, 2012 these funds ($4,500,000) were added to the FY2013 Budget and Five-Year Community Investment Program so the construction on the project can begin this fall.
On August 21, 2012, the City Council, pending the receipt of a low interest loan from the IEPA, conditionally awarded contracts for the construction of the this project to River City Construction, LLC of Benton, Illinois in the amount of $2,905.000 and to Dean Bush Construction Company of Carbondale, Illinois in the amount of $369,572.10.
Bid Process for the building of the New Water Storage Facility
On October 30, 2012 a Public Bid was released for the building of the building of a Water Storage Facility Phase II.
A Public Bid No. 13-03 for the Water Storage Facility was posted and bids were received and rewarded to River City Construction in the amount of $2,905,000