Even with winter already hitting the area, officials are making progress on the City of Brazil's Water System Improvement Projects.
After meeting with contractors and city employees for a monthly status update, Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke with The Brazil Times about where things currently stand.
Pierce added work on the towers is behind schedule, but with initial plans to stop work during the winter, the deadline to complete them has not been pushed back.
"Both the Craig Park and Interstate-70 towers still have a completion date of November 2011 in the contracts," he said.
"The contractor has had scheduling conflicts, and most recently, the winter weather has slowed down the start of the foundation at Craig Park, but work should start on the foundation, which takes a couple months to complete, in January."
After the foundation is complete, further progress on the Craig Park tower will depend on how quickly winter changes into spring.
"As long as the cold weather breaks, work on the pedestal and tank could begin sometime in March or April," Pierce said.
In the meantime, work on other divisions of the projects continues.
"The concrete for the generator structure of the new well has been completed, and work to tie the fiber optics to the system will begin next week," Pierce told The Brazil Times.
Plans originally had all work on the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to come near the completion of all the other aspects in order to make sure everything was online at the same time, but minor issues have arisen to make some work needed now.
"There are some issues with the existing phone line between the well field and distribution plant," Pierce said.
"The lines are old, so we plan on putting in a tower to set up radio communications instead."
He explained there is an added up-front cost to add the communication change to the work order, but it would save the city in the long run.
"Right now, the city's phone bill on that line runs about $600 a month," he said. "With the radio communications, that cost would be eliminated and replaced with only maintenance of the tower."
Pierce also addressed the concern from residents about debris remaining from installation of the water lines.
"A big reason for waiting to clean that up is to allow the lines and ground to settle," he said.
"If we leveled the land and placed seed right away, the ground would settle during the winter, leaving dips in people's yards, which would mean additional work would have to be done to re-level the land. This way, we ensure the land gets leveled correctly the first time instead of having to come back multiple times to do the same work."