Vienna Utility Board discusses storm drain projects

Vienna Mayor and Utility Board Chairman Randy Rapp discussed funding issues for projects at the Vienna Utility Board meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

VIENNA — Vienna Utility Board met to discuss storm drainage improvements and the 12th Street Lift Station bid results on Thursday.

Mike Davis, engineer at Burgess & Niple, said they are currently only looking at doing the final design and phase one of the 28th Street Storm Drainage improvement project.

He said phase one would encompass the area from Pond Run at 34th Street to the intersection of 15th Avenue and 30th Street in Vienna. The preliminary design documents for phases one to three cost $79,200, the final design documents for phase one cost $72,900 and the bidding services for phase one cost $8,400. These fees are contingent upon the board authorizing the start of these services by July 31, 2022.

“This particular side of the project will help probably half the areas that floods and hopefully alleviate some of the pressure from upstream,” said Craig Metz, public works director. “I’m not sure where we are going to pay for it at, is the only problem.”

He said if funded the project would probably be bid out next spring, with the start date sometime next June.

Russ Skogstad, city attorney, discussed the 45th Place project at the Vienna Utility Board meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Vienna Mayor and Utility Board Chairman Randy Rapp said he was not ready to vote on this project. He said he needs to see what other funding sources are available and didn’t want to accept this project without knowing how to pay for it.

“We knew that we had more projects than we had resources and that’s just the way it is, but we have to prioritize what we are going to do here,” he said. “We don’t really have a lot of direction with the money that is left over from ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds, they could be dedicated to this. I know that’s what the money was supposedly set aside for, infrastructure projects.”

Amy Roberts, finance director, said she thinks that the other half of the ARPA funds should be available by the end of the month. Vienna received approximately $1.3 million in ARPA funds last year and expects to receive the same amount this year.

Metz will appear before Vienna City Council on May 26 to present this project for funding as well as the 12th Street Lift Station bid results.

Metz had a failure issue with the current pumps in February. Metz said all three pumps are back up and running and the bid for three new pumps, as well as the line replacement will cost the city $334,690, based on the bid he received. He said a reserve pump would cost an additional $92,000.

The board voted to table this agenda item until next meeting.

Rapp said the estimated start date for the River Road project is the second week of June.

Metz said the 45th Place water main replacement project is currently halted, because the city does not have all of the property right-of-ways needed to continue.

Russ Skogstad, city attorney, said it shouldn’t take long if they do not have any issues getting the right-of-ways from property owners.

The board approved individual budgets for the water, sewer and stormdrain departments.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com.


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