On July 7 the town held a pre-bid meeting for the project, and bids were read on July 17. According to Councilwoman Sarah Stover, the project received two bids.
Jack Ramsey of Triad Engineering, Inc. said that the lowest bidder was Upton Construction of Dunbar. According to Ramsey, Upton Construction has not officially been awarded the bid, but should be following the Aug. 6 council meeting. Ramsey said that he will present the bid to council and if accepted, then he will begin getting paperwork together for the project.
According to Ramsey, construction should begin in mid-fall once all paperwork is approved and in place. He also said that the project should be complete within three to four months following the start of construction.
Ramsey emphasized that the wastewater treatment project should improve the quality of life for residents in Mason.
“The number one thing we are doing is repairing the clarifier. The (town) has two and one is not working, and we will repair the one that isn’t working,” Ramsey said. “We are also going to install a permanent generator at the park pump station.”
According to Ramsey, the permanent generator should aid the town in situations where the electric is turned off. The project also will provide new screening carts at the wastewater treatment plant, an emergency generator at the park pump station and repair several manholes within the collection system that are contributing to the town’s inflow and infiltration problem.
The estimated project cost is $479,500. During a public meeting in February concerning the project, Amanda Sutphin of Triad Engineering, Inc. said that the project is anticipated to be funded by the West Virginia State Revolving Fund (SRF) at zero percent for 30 years with a 0.5 percent administration fee. She also announced that sewer rates will be raised due to the project.
“The rates are part of the project and the other part is for town revenue,” Sutphin said, adding that the revenue will be used to properly operate and maintain the system.
According to Sutphin, there are no rights-of-way or easements required for the wastewater treatment project, and all work will be done on town property.
Ramsey described the main purpose of the project as the rehabilitation of manholes to help reduce the town’s inflow and infiltration, which is mainly storm water. He said that the project will primarily update the town in order for the system to operate more effectively with less errors.