HOLTVILLE — The Holtville City Council on March 9 voted unanimously to make changes to plans to upgrade the city’s water-treatment plant.
means the project’s design and construction elements will proceed separately
with design occurring first.
projects the city hires a designer and a contractor for construction to work on
parallel tracks in order to expedite completion, explained Nick Wells,
Holtville city manager.
separation was made to comply with guidelines set by the state as a condition
of its funding for the project, he noted.
The Holt Group has the contract for the design and the bid for the construction was to go out while the design was still being finalized. But the state is now requiring design to be completed before construction bids can be sought.
originally applied for a state grant in 2016 and won approval in September for
$4.1 million. Water-plant improvements include a shade structure over the
clarifier/filter unit, pipeline rerouting between reservoirs and the
replacement of emergency power generators.
will affect the project timeline, Wells added.
will now take 160 days to complete the fully-designed process and once finished
we can put out requests for proposal” for construction, he said.
changes would be funded through the state grant, Wells said.
was ready to put the project out to bid when the State Water Resources Control
Board requested the change, Wells explained.
were ready to go out to bid (for construction contractor) but at the 11th hour
(Dec. 2019) they (Control Board) halted the project because they insisted on
converting to a fully-designed project separate from the construction process,”
The work is
needed to meet the Control Board’s requirements to control trihalomethanes
formed as a by-product when chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water, Wells
Apartment complex had been moving forward until the beginning of the year but
nothing has changed for several months, Wells noted.
still need to complete their finalized CEQA (California Environmental Quality
Act) documents (for state compliance),” he said.
would include about 150 one- and two-bedroom apartments on Melon Road and West
Ninth Street in the northeast corner of the parcel. But as of yet there is no
estimate of when it will break ground.
forms Benefits All
A kiosk at Holtville
City Hall will be prepared with laptops so residents can complete their Census
forms throughout the month of April, the city Census Committee reported. However,
the U.S. Census Bureau prohibits any city personnel from assisting completion
committee includes Mayor Ginger Ward, City Finance Supervisor Kariza Preciado,
city assistant Haley Dowsey.
“We have received many kudos for the work
being done by Mayor Ward, Kariza and Haley along with their committee to get
Holtville fully counted,” said Wells.