Tahlequah Daily Press

February 18, 2013

TPWA board OKs consulting contract

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — TPWA board members approved a contract during a meeting Friday continuing services with the engineering consulting firm Holloway, Updike & Bellen, Inc.

The civil engineering consulting firm, which has offices in Muskogee and Broken Arrow, has been working with TPWA since 1997 on projects like the William H. Hinds Water Treatment Plant near Lake Tenkiller, as well as other ongoing water plant and service needs like installation of the automatic read meters, or AMRs.

The most recent activity, or project given board approval, was awarding a $48,990 bid to Mac Construction Inc., based in Ramona, for an 8-inch gravity sewer line replacement job near Muskogee Avenue and Monroe Street.

TPWA had $85,000 budgeted for the project, while the HUB engineer estimate was $65,000. HUB Vice President Stephen Tolar told board members the firm has a positive working relationship with Mac Construction.

“We do have experience with Mac,” he said. “[HUB Vice President] Greg [Armstrong, [fellow HUB Engineer] Clay McAlpine and I in the Broken Arrow office have done multiple projects with them in Tulsa. They’re a good firm. We don’t have any questions about their ability.”

The pipe project will involve inserting an appropriately-sized pipe within, or at the point, of the existing pipe, or connection line, to reestablish flow integrity for existing structures. Work on that job is scheduled for the near future, said TPWA General Manager Mike Doublehead.

“The anticipated start time on this project is around the first of March, and completion with 60 days from the start date,” he said.

Other anticipated HUB projects include the replacement and refurbishing of water storage tanks on the west side of Tahlequah. Inspections, both inside and out, of a steel-welded tank that was established in 1967 indicates the need for replacement, while examination of a tank established in 1985 suggests needed rehab of the tank’s structure.  

In other action, the board made an executive session decision to purchase the Jamison Mill Building on West Choctaw for $218,500.

“The building is directly north of our current warehouse,” said Doublehead. “The anticipated use will be for storage.”