GLEN CARBON – In response to a call for proposals (RFPs), five different companies will speak to village officials to be selected as the company to design and build the village’s first water treatment plant, which will be operational by June 1st target. 2026, regardless of which company builds it.
While some cite the cooking order and water treatment problems of the past week as reasons for this, the village’s desire for its own water source is much older. Village officials are quick to point out that the current multi-year agreement with Illinois-American Water (IAW) is only a short-term solution.
Glen Carbon Mayor Bob Marcus explained the village’s three options last week – stay with IAW indefinitely, work with Maryville village on water treatment plant expansion and share the running costs, or build Glen Carbon yourself. Returning to Edwardsville Water, which the village used for 25 years through July, is not an option. Construction could start in the first quarter of 2023.
The first interview was officials from Juneau and Associates, who have worked with the village on many engineering and infrastructure projects; and Thouvenot, Wade and Moerchen, Inc., (TWM), also a well-known engineering company.
On Wednesday, Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT), another well-respected company, took turns taking turns, WHKS and Burns and McDonnell.
All five companies were interviewed by Glen Carbon Village Administrator Jamie Bowden, Public Works Director Scott Slemer and Utility Superintendent John Leezy, and Board Trustees Mark Foley and Mike Sonderegger. Trustee Victor Smith was absent.
Juneau referred to his previous work on similar projects – in Maryville, Bethalto, and Canteen Township.
“We are familiar with the Village of Glen Carbon water system and improvements that date back to a 1962 project to drill test wells at the existing drilling site on Route 162,” said a statement in a document provided.
The TWM also presented its previous experience and named Lebanon, Belleville, Springfield and Freeburg as examples of its work for municipalities.
“While three of TWM’s employees live in Glen Carbon and will see the direct results of this project, we have another 25 who live in Madison County and do frequent shopping, dining and recreational activities in the village. We visit the small businesses in the community and understand the impact that the costs associated with this project can have on the businesses and their customers. “
“Our proposed project manager, Raed Armouti, is very experienced in managing similar projects for clients in the Midwest,” CMT boasted in its literature. “Raed led the design of several wastewater treatment plants, and also led the construction of several complex wastewater treatment plants, as well as dozen of pumping stations, several storage tanks and wells, and dozens of miles of water pipeline projects.”
CMT lists its recent work in Lincoln and Quincy, ongoing work in Sangamon County and upcoming work in Collinsville and Quincy as just some of the reasons it is qualified to do the work.
Springfield-based WHKS is offering their experience on the new Collinsville Water Treatment Plant as just one reason the village selects it.
“It doesn’t stop with building. Let’s talk about the project completion ”, it says in the literature. “WHKS staff will complete project closure tasks, including preparing file drawings for village use and assisting the village with IEPA loan closure papers. Project manager Scott Hunt is available on site during the commissioning of the system and advises the village employees on possible adjustments and modifications to the processing processes. “
Burns and McDonnell of St. Louis performed previous projects in Frankfurt and Freeburg. The others were in Missouri and Kansas.
“The village should have the driver’s seat when it comes to control of your water supply and the future of your water system. The village needs a detailed and comprehensive evaluation based on data and facts about its new water supply. The village needs a partner who can fully evaluate the options and a guide to help them through the whole process. Burns & McDonnell is that partner. We are water treatment professionals and offer an eventful mentality with a fresh perspective to ensure that your project is tailored to the specific needs, goals and expectations of the village. “