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Marysville tentatively awards $4.6 million sewer project to Inliner Solutions

A screenshot of HRC engineer Jennifer Morreale and City Manager Randy Fernandez on May 23.

By Jim Bloch

Inliner Solutions, LLC of Romulus, has tentatively won a $4,578,642 contract to overhaul much of Marysville’s sewer collection system, the network of pipelines, and manholes — many of which are 80 or more years old — that feed the wastewater treatment plant.

The firm underbid the Pipeline Management Company of Milford by nearly $1.5 million. Pipeline submitted a bid of $6,926,056.

The city council made the award unanimously at its May 23 regular meeting.

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“HRC’s estimate was $4,711,036, including a 10 percent contingency,” said Jennifer Morreale, civil department manager for Hubbell, Roth & Clark, one of the city’s contracted engineering firms, in her memo to the council.

“This council has not yet agreed to bond for these $4.5 million improvements,” said City Manager Randy Fernandez, as heard on the recording of the meeting posted on the city’s website.

That’s why the award was tentative.

“We can still back out at anytime,” Fernandez said. “But there are deadlines we must meet at the state level.

“This project has been nine years in the making,” said Morreale. “We started way back in 2013 with the SAW program.”

SAW is the acronym for the Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater grant, a program created by a statewide popular vote in 2002 to improve the water quality of the state’s lakes and rivers through the better management of contaminated stormwater and other non-point sources of water pollution. But the program was not funded for more than a decade.

“You guys applied for it and we got the SAW grant in 2016,” Morreale said. “That’s when you guys won the $2.44 million grant. That started us on the three-year journey of collecting condition information of all your sanitary sewer assets. We concluded that study in December 2019.”

The SAW report laid out the plan for capital improvement projects for the city’s water and sewer systems through the year 2040.

“In the fall 2020, we started to work on the project plan for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (loan),” said Morreale. “That plan was submitted to the state in May 2021. In August, we started working on the design of the … project.”

Morreale said that more than half of the city’s sewer pipes and manholes needing work will be fixed during the project.

Bids went out on April 19. There was a bid opening on May 12.

Three subcontractors will work with Inliner on the project.

On June 13, the council is expecting to wrap up the CWSRF loan arrangements, which will make the contract award final. The loan will be for 20 years, likely under a rate of two percent per year. The final amount will include a state-mandated six percent contingency, pushing the total loan to around $5.2 million.

“We estimate construction will start in August,” Morreale said.

“How long will it take?” asked council member Dan Shirkey.

“We should be done by next fall,” said Morreale.

“So basically a year?”

Correct, said Morreale. “Oct. 15, 2023.”

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer based in St. Clair, Michigan. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com. 

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