The Town approved funding for the design of a water treatment facility to remove manganese from the source water. The Town has hired Woodard & Curran as the Owner's Project Manager and Wright-Pierce as the designer. Design work is nearly complete and we expect to go out to bid for the construction of the plant soon but not in time for the May 2017 Town Meeting.
March 2017: The easment has yet to be registered but the property owner was able to sign the Notice of Intent to be filed with the Conservation Commission allowing for the review of the transmission mains, treatment plant and stormwater report. The hearing is scheduled for late March. MassDEP provided some comments about the plant design and is working with the designer to address their concerns.
February 2017: The plant has reached 95% design. Active review processes include Topsfield's Zoning Board of Appeals, MassDEP and MEPA. The filing of the Notice of Intent with Topsfield's Conservation Commission is being delayed due to a probate issue with a transmission main easement. As a result a bid price will not be available for the May Town Meeting. The Water Commissioners do not want to request construction funding without a bid price in hand so the request will not be discussed at Town Meeting in May 2017. A Special Town Meeting will be needed or the project will be delayed one year. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved the project.
January 2017: The review of the 60% design plans was completed and the Board of Water Commissioners met with the project designer and owner's project manager to discuss the status of the project including cost and schedule. The Board emphasized the need to obtain bids prior to Town Meeting in May 2017. The cost of the project has increased due to inflation and design changes needed to improve the reliability and efficiency of the plant. More information about this will be posted in the next several weeks. The Zoning Board of Appeals hearing was continued until their February meeting.
The 95% design milestone was reached and plans were submitted to MassDEP for approval.