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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Work on the town of Staunton's sewer system is currently being performed near Pleasant Street. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
STAUNTON -- The Staunton Town Council received an update Monday regarding its Storm Drainage Improvement Project.

According to information provided by officials with Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Indianapolis, the company that designed the project, the contractor of the project has fallen a bit behind on schedule.

Commonwealth representative Roger Kottlowski met with the council Monday, saying McCalister Brothers Sewer and Septic Service, based in Vigo County, was originally supposed to have completed the project by Aug. 20.

Council member Brad Webster was unable to attend Monday's meeting.

According to Kottlowski, June weather put the company behind schedule.

Kottlowski said the contractor is close to halfway finished. He said work on Columbus Street is nearly completed and work on Indiana Street is done, but the road still needs paved.

"Pipe was to be in the ground by (Aug. 20)," Kottlowski said. "But weather in June was a problem."

In addition, Kottlowski said work on Pleasant and Franklin streets has begun.

The council agreed Monday to set new dates for completion regarding some of the project, approving a change order 2-0.

Work on Pleasant Street is now expected to be concluded by the end of October, while work on Franklin Street is expected to be finished by the end of November.

"We don't want to play hardball right now," Staunton Town Council President Andy Kirchner said.

The council conducted a hearing in May with several companies interested in performing work on part of the town's sewer system.

Monies for the project were approved by the Clay County Commissioners through federal government stimulus "shovel ready" projects.

The town received close to $1 million for the project.

The town had 10 companies bid on the project.

The project called for major arteries of the town's sewer system to be replaced, including sewer pipe through the town's main streets.

Earlier this year, Webster told The Brazil Times there were four major arteries going east-to-west through Staunton. He also said as the work is completed, contingency money would be used for additional broken down items, such as culverts.

Meanwhile, the council agreed to pay a second payment to McCalister for work completed at this point.

The Staunton Town Council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 11.



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