Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Board Action From the December 16, 2016 Meeting
By Barb Bennett
December 21, 2016
Actions of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) board taken at the December 16 meeting held at Kent State Tuscarawas include:
Approved the human resource activities which include six active job openings and postings which can be found on the District website at www.mwcd.org.
- Heard the bid and award results of five shoreline stabilization projects. A total of twenty different contractors from three different states bid on the five projects. The combined bids totaled $1,253,521,50 and was 18% below the engineer’s estimates. Funding is through revenues derived from the maintenance assessment. The award of contracts includes:
- Atwood Lake State Route 542 – Tucson, Inc from New Philadelphia at $207,955.50
- Leesville Lake Glens Area – Tucson, Inc at $159,796
- Piedmont Lake Glenmont Cottage Area – Cross Roads Construction, Inc from Cambridge at $262,802.00
- Charles Mill Lake Beach Area Shoreline – Mark Haynes Construction, Inc from Norwalk at $196,666.00
- Pleasant Hill Lake Richland Cottage Area – Mark Haynes Construction, Inc at $426,312.00
- Approved a short-term water withdrawal agreement from Leesville Lake with Chesapeake Energy from January 2017 through May 2017. The District reserved the right to cease water withdrawal operations solely at the discretion of the Chief Engineer. Water withdrawal will be through a temporary pump and pipe system which greatly reduces surface impacts through reducing potential truck traffic on local roads, reducing potential carbon emissions and preserving local infrastructure.
- Ratified the expanded scope and change order for PCi Dredging for the Tappan Lake dredging project. The change order included additional dredging near Tappan park and brings the total of dredged material removed from Tappan Lake to 375,000 cubic yards. Funding for the project is through maintenance assessment revenues. The final contract for dredging including the change order totaled $10,506,610.85.
- Authorized $550,000 in funding to engage four geotechnical engineering and construction material testing firms to assist in the oversight of the capital improvements throughout the 5 major MWCD parks in 2017. Over $32 million of capital improvements to MWCD parks projects is budgeted for 2017. Task order contracts have been executed with CTL out of their Canton office, Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects out of their Akron office, and S&ME out from their Columbus office.
- Authorized the extension of the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for capital improvements with ms Consultants from Columbus for the year 2017 for a not to exceed fee of $1,080,000.00. The PMC is organizing, planning and tracking the $120 million park and recreation capital improvement program.
- Approved a wastewater agreement with the City of Perrysville in Richland County. The agreement was developed jointly with the Village. The agreement allows Pleasant Hill Park and Campground sanitary sewers to connect to the Village wastewater treatment plant which currently has excess capacity. The sanitary sewers are being installed as part of the $120 million capital improvement plan to upgrade and modernize MWCD parks and campgrounds.
- Heard a report that 13 applications were received for the Partners in Watershed Management grant program. Over $1.3 million was requested for the budgeted $500,000 that is available for FY2017. Funding for the program is through the 18-county maintenance assessment.
The next regularly scheduled MWCD Board meeting is on Friday, January 20 at 9:00 am at the Kent State Tuscarawas Science and Technology Center.
About the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in the State of Ohio. The District includes 18 counties and covers 8,000 square miles which is 20% of the state. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $11.9 billion of potential property damage from flooding, per the federal government. In addition, over 5.5 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents. For more information about the MWCD visit www.mwcd.org.
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