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Oswego's Ogden Falls water tower painting set
Four bids received; contract awarded

by John Etheredge


The water tower in Oswego's Ogden Falls Subdivision will receive a fresh coat of paint as a result of action taken this past week by the village board.

As part of their consent agenda during a meeting Aug. 12, the board awarded a contract totaling $371,000 to Seven Brothers Painting, Inc. of Shelby Township, Michigan.

In a memo to the board, Jerry Weaver, the village's utility services director, noted that the current exterior paint on the tower is in poor condition and has "faded extensively and there are spot coating failures on the base cone and sidewalls."

Seven Brothers submitted the lowest of four bids received for the project, Jennifer Hughes, the village's director of public works told the board.

The 1.5 million gallon capacity water tower was constructed along the east side of Ogden Falls Boulevard about one-quarter mile south of the U.S. Route 34 and U.S. Route 30 intersection in 1998.

In his memo, Weaver noted that Seven Brothers' bid came in $88,900 lower than the village engineer's pre-bid estimate for the project.

In addition, board members noted the bid is significantly under the $800,000 line item previously designated in the village's current budget for the project.

Hughes said $800,000 was previously designated in the budget for the project because it was believed the contractor might have to install a containment curtain around the tower as it is being painted.

The curtain, she would, would cost about $200,000.

But Hughes said engineers for the village determined the tower does not need to be sandblasted and contractors can paint the tower with rollers instead of using spray paint.

Hughes added that village staff did double check the bids received for the project from each of the four firms.

"They were all good," she said.

"The highest bid did come in at $787,000, which was in the budget and, perhaps, they (the firm) looked at the budget and said their bid was within the budget," Hughes said, "But Seven Brothers has worked with Dixon Engineering (the village's engineers on the project) and (Dixon) is highly recommending them with respect to the work they perform and their response to problems that come up."

Hughes said Seven Brothers can also paint the water tower before the end of the year. One of the other bidders, she said, notified the village they could not paint the tower until next spring.

She added that Seven Brothers and another firm that submitted the second highest bid both have crews available now to paint the tower.

The tower has had a white exterior since it was constructed 16 years ago.

Prior to its construction, the village board considered having the tower painted orange and blue, the colors for Oswego High School. The board, however, ultimately rejected the colorful paint scheme because of the increased cost.

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