NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city will significantly expand its capacity to handle heavy amounts of sewage and water from storms with the purchase of a 2.5-megawatt diesel generator for the French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Council approved legislation Tuesday night authorizing expenditures not to exceed $1.925 million for the generator, needed engineering work and electrical and mechanical work.
During discussion on the expenditures, Mayor David Gillock said the city had previously appropriated $2.4 million for the entire project, but officials anticipated spending less than the projected $1.9 million needed to pay for the generator, and required engineering, electrical and mechanical work to install and operate it.
The new generator will enable the facility to run five pumps to process and carry away excess water and accompanying sewage created during heavy rains and severe storms.
At present, the plant can only operate three pumps during a power outage.
City officials already have awarded a $475,000 contract for engineering services which must be performed in advance of purchase and installation of the generator, and needed electrical and mechanical work, according to Safety-Service Director Jeffry Armbruster.
The city is considering a $831,000 bid from among four submitted for the 2.5 megawatt generator and a $512,000 bid for electrical-mechanical services, Armbruster said.
Assuming the projected successful bidders are chosen, total costs for the generator job look to be about $1.818 million, which would be below the anticipated $1.9 million pricetag.
“We’re well below the $2.4 million figure that was originally arrived at,” Armbruster said.
Bids were opened Tuesday morning at City Hall.
Council approved the expenditures Tuesday evening.
The Brewer-Garrett Co., a Middleburg Heights firm, is serving as general contractor and construction manager for the project.
A specific timetable for the work was not discussed.
The French Creek plant in Sheffield serves North Ridgeville, Avon and Sheffield.
It was built in 1975 by the Ohio Water Development Authorities and purchased by the city in 1983.
The city entered into a contract with Quasar Energy Group in Cleveland in 2012 to remove sludge byproducts from waste treated at the plant. The sludge is used for composting on area farm fields.