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City Council to take up water, sewer improvements

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The Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday will be asked to authorize the city manager to negotiate an agreement for roughly $4 million worth of improvements to the sewer and water lines.

The Timmons Group and W.C. Spratt Inc. approached city officials about the projects last year and offered a formal, unsolicited proposal on Nov. 14, City Manager Bev Cameron said.

The proposal is to design and build one water distribution project and three sanitary sewer projects in four sections of the city.

If a contract is approved, the College Heights area would get the first phase of a multi-phase upgrade to the public water supply for both residential and fire flow.

That project was identified as the city’s “top water supply system priority,” according to a memo from Public Works Director Doug Fawcett to Cameron.

The proposed wastewater system improvements include:

Normandy Village: Replace the sanitary sewer mains and manholes on Fall Hill Avenue near Hanson Avenue, and sewer lines and manholes on Hanson Avenue and Village Lane.

William Street: Replace or rehabilitate sanitary sewer lines and manholes between Washington Avenue and Caroline Street.

Charles Street: Replace or rehabilitate sanitary sewer lines from just south of the railroad underpass near Lafayette Boulevard to Dixon Street.

The total package is estimated at between $4 million and $5 million and would be financed as part of a $16.5 million bond.

That bond would also cover construction of a parking lot in Celebrate Virginia South that would serve a stadium being built by private investors led by the owners of the minor league Hagerstown Suns and Diamond Nation, a baseball and softball facility in New Jersey.

The stadium is expected to be ready for the 2015 season. The price tag on the parking lot is a maximum of $8 million.

The bond also would cover water and sanitary sewer projects to be undertaken jointly by the city and Spotsylvania County.

The Timmons Group, which has an office in Spotsylvania County, would handle design of the four water and sewer projects, while Fredericksburg-based W.C. Spratt would handle construction.

If the council approves, Cameron would negotiate terms of the proposal with Spratt and Timmons, which offered the only bid on the project. Cameron would then present a proposed contract for council approval.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972

pgould@freelancestar.com

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The Fredericksburg City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.

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