The City of Vermilion was issued Director’s Final Findings and Orders by the Ohio EPA on February 21, 1992, to eliminate discharges to the Vermilion River, Lake Erie and Edson Creek from five (5) sanitary sewage lift stations. On June 1, 1992, the City submitted a General Plan for complying with these orders. The General Plan, which included a fixed date compliance schedule, was approved by the EPA on September 3, 1992. The Lift Station Telemetry Project was included in the General Plan as an interim measure.
The five lift stations were located at: “Jefferson Street Lift Station," 657 Jefferson Street; “Park Drive Lift Station," 5303 Park Drive; “Romp’s Lift Station," 5045 Liberty Avenue; “Elberta Beach Lift Station," 4263 Edgewater Road, and ”Vermilion on the Lake Lift Station," 375 Edgewater Road.
KS Associates, on behalf of the City, prepared a grant application to the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant of $38,250 toward the installation of radio telemetry at the five lift stations. OPWC awarded the City the grant. KS Associates prepared plans and specifications, and an opinion of probable construction costs. KS performed customary bidding services on behalf of the City, including distributing bid documents answering bidders’ requests for information, issuing addenda and attending the bid opening. The low bidde came in at $64,059, which was 6.8% above the Engineer’s Estimate.
On March 3, 1994 a Notice to Proceed was issued by OPWC. The City requested that KS provide construction administration services during the installation of the telemetry. KS reviewed and approved pay estimates, processed grant paperwork and witnessed the final testing of the installations. Construction started in June 1994 and was completed in September 1994.