Will Improve Water Pressure, Hydrant Function

By Jann Wiswall

The Town of Ellicottville Board met Tuesday, June 17, for a special meeting to review the bids submitted for the East Tank construction project. Local construction firm J.D. Northrup Construction was the low bidder. The board moved to award the bid to the company and to allow Town Supervisor John Burrell to sign contracts on the board’s behalf.

Town Engineer Mark Alianello had carefully analyzed each of the four bids received to be certain each bidder had included all requested tasks and project items. Two additional project items — replacement of two water meters — were bid separately as alternates.

J.D. Northrup bid the project, including alternates, at $972,975. The next lowest bid, from Pilon Construction in Albion, was $191,904 higher than the Northrup bid. H&K Services in Leon and Kandey Company in West Seneca both bid considerably higher.

Board Member Rick Jackson asked Alianello why he thought the Northrup bid was so much lower. Alianello said that it likely is because the firm is local and can more easily and inexpensively deploy workers and equipment from other area jobs for short-term needs.

Whatever the reason, the board is happy with the bid, which assures the project will come in under the total estimated budget of $1.4 million for construction, engineering and other expenses.

The East Tank Project involves installing a new water tank on the east side of Ellicottville and connecting water lines throughout the town, village of Ellicottville, WestMont Ridge in Mansfield and Snow Pine in Great Valley. The project will alleviate water pressure problems throughout the area, improve fire hydrant performance and allow expansion efforts for public safety and development.