Cassville initiates self-supervised construction program

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Upfront cost is $7,500; program will allow city staff to do more projects

A self-supervised construction program the city of Cassville is completing will allow for the city to use employees for specific engineering work, rather than bidding the projects out.

David Brock, Cassville public works director, said the idea originally formed a little more than a year ago.

“In April 2019, we officially hired engineers to help us get things started,” Brock said. “A lot of this program is engineering.”

The expenses to the engineers in total are not to exceed $7,500.

“They bill us out as they spend time on the project,” he said. “Some of the components that need to be submitted include:

• A list of the projects that we will be focusing on for a five-year period

• A preliminary engineering report

• A model built of the water system

Brock said they look for two things on the model, which are in a fire event: would it maintain minimum water pressure and what are the technical specifications, including pipes and valves that are already approved?

“That is generally the most expensive part,” he said. “Another element is providing a resume or qualification of individuals doing the inspection, as well as the inspection format.”

Once this is all approved, the city won’t have to apply for individual permits.

“We will follow a five-year plan, and every five years, we will update the program,” Brock said. “Even the small water mains can have $2,000 in engineering expenses, and in a five-year period, we may see seven to eight.”

This means even with the $7,500 start up costs, the city will come out ahead in the first five years.

“We have the resources and staff to do this in place of bidding out those projects,” he said. “This program will be a great supplement with the $4 million water system project. That focus is not the old pipes downtown that we know are leaky.”

Brock said at this time, the city isn’t under any pressure to finish getting approved, but it is hoping to have it completed by the end of the year.

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