Hannum, Wagle and Cline Project Engineer Matthew Pierce spoke to The Brazil Times recently, shortly after a monthly progress meeting with contractors about what has been done in the past month.
"The new well is just about complete," Pierce said. "The radio communications tower has been erected and its antenna installed, the fiberoptics should be pulled through this week and there are some other small odds and ends that need to be finished. All we are waiting on right now is the delivery of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) components."
He added the representative from Engineering Fluids, Inc., Centralia, Ill., told him the components were on their way and should be on site sometime Tuesday afternoon.
Pierce said Brazil Water Supervisor Jake Raubuch and Assistant Superintendent Shawnette Szekely recently visited the plant where the new booster station is being constructed during factory acceptance testing and received updates on its operating abilities.
"Quality control testing on the booster station has also been completed and the contractors will be preparing the site for its installation in the next couple of weeks," Pierce said. "With the ground still being a little soggy, they pushed back the delivery of the station a little bit and now anticipate doing that the week of May 30."
For the 750,000-gallon composite water tower at Craig Park, the concrete crew with Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., completed the pedestal and concrete dome and left the site April 29.
"The crews who will construct the steel tank should begin on their portion of the project any day now," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "The tank will be built and painted on ground level, then jacked up to the top once it is complete. There has been a little hitch in Caldwell's progress as they are readjusting to the change of the project manager."
Along Frontage Road, where the 250,000-gallon spheroid-style water tower is being constructed by Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, Avon, Ind., the erection of the steel tower is about 20 percent complete.
"Phoenix told me the erection of the tower should be done in the next 6-8 weeks, barring any trouble or adverse weather conditions," Pierce said.
"They said the site is still a bit messy from the rain, but it hasn't caused too many issues at this point."
Once the erection of the tower is done, paint crews will still need to come in along with electrical crews to hook it up to the SCADA system.
As far as the distribution system goes, additional installation of new hydrants and meters are still temporarily on hold as officials await word on the status of funding.
"With the added cost of installing necessary valves to hydrants that did not have them, it drove up the cost a little bit and we want to make sure we don't go over budget," Pierce said. "However, officials with the State Revolving Fund have approved a request to allow city workers to install meters instead of the contractors, which will save the city a little bit of money."
He added some work has been done to restore yards where new and expanded water lines have been put in, but the weather has been a hindrance.
"Crews have started the restoration and seeding, but the ground has just been to wet for their efforts to be effective," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "Hopefully, we will get some drier weather in the next few weeks so we can get this done."
Pierce said Clay County Commissioner Jack Withers and County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster attended the meeting to discuss issues with drainage along White Rock Road.
"It's basically been an issue of erosion as silt has gotten into the culvert pipes, and city crews have jetted the ditch lines and found all sorts of trash and other debris that have clogged them up," Pierce said. The county said they were going to look at the area as well, but agreed with city officials that it should be the contractor's responsibility to come back and fix the issues. We want to make sure the testing of the water lines are complete as well, and ensure the restoration is done properly."