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Council accepts bids for SCBA’s & water supply repair

Submitted by on October 9, 2019 – 12:44 amNo Comment

The Alpena Municipal Council met amid a light agenda this week, but did approve the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatuses, and a bid for repairs at the water recycling plant.

Fire Chief Bill Forbush received permission to spend more than $166,000 on 23 breathing apparatuses and 46 compressed air cylinders.

The cost was about $6,500 over budget but Forbush said that is due to updated standards and products. He said the department’s current self-contained breathing apparatuses are no longer in compliance and are experiencing increased maintenance issues. He said the department’s compressed air cylinders expired in June and should not be used.

The cost of the portable life support systems will be spread across two budget years. The SCBA’s have a life expectancy of roughly 10 years; and the cylinders about 15 years.

In other city news, MacArthur Construction of Hillman will be paid $42,350 to repair a water supply line to the water recycling plant. The project includes a location for water tanks to be filled for both customers and plant employees.

City engineer Rich Sullenger said the supply line broke three times last winter, causing additional issues.

Bid documents were sent to 13 firms, however MacArthur Construction submitted the only bid. Sullenger said he believes that is due to the limited scope of work, the complexity of the subsurface materials, multiple critical utilities crossing the proposed line location, and the time of year. The bed was under Sullenger’s estimate by more than $14,000.