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VERNON TOWNSHIP — A waterline replacement project along Bessemer Street is nearly complete, with only some warmer weather needed to fully finish the project.

Thomas Thompson, a consulting engineer, announced at Wednesday's meeting of the Meadville Area Water Authority that Pollard Land Services, which was contracted to perform part of the work on Bessemer Street alongside Chivers Construction Company Inc., needed to only perform some restoration work in order to finalize the replacement. Restoration, according to Thompson, refers to recovering any dug up areas of land and either repaving or reseeding over it. While restoration is still required, Thompson said the waterline is operational.

"They did a fantastic job — yeah they really did," Project Manager Robert Harrington said of Pollard. "They came in, they really went the extra mile with our customers down there to make sure we didn't put any of the businesses out during the peak of their business time and they put in a lot of extra hours to get that done."

The replacement was performed as part of a more than $3 million project by MAWA to replace 5,000 feet of waterlines and nine water valves around Meadville. MAWA took out a $3.1 million loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority last year toward the completion of the project. The whole operation is expected to take three years to complete.

There were two last minute changes to Pollard's work pertaining to waterline replacements on Bessemer Street. While replacing lines at Lincoln Recycling, it was discovered that while the business's building has 1.5-inch water pipes, the waterline leading to the building from the street measures 6 inches in diameter, necessitating the purchase of new lines and connections to complete the hookup. This equated to $4,000 additional onto the project.

The other change involved the connection to Lucy's Rental and Storage service. While it was initially thought the connection to the building was in front, it was found during construction that the connection was near the rear and ran under the building, meaning additional pipes required purchase to the tune of $5,100.

Both changes were unanimously approved by all MAWA members present at Wednesday's meeting. Treasurer Mark Gildea was absent. With the approved changes, the total cost of the contract for Pollard to complete its portion of the Bessemer work rose from $399,310 to $408,410.

The MAWA board members also approved the first estimate from Pollard for the contract, which equaled $259,407 and, according to Thompson, represents about 68 percent of the work on the project as a whole.

Both Pollard and Chivers have completed all waterline replacements on Bessemer, though restoration work is still required by both companies. Chivers' estimate is expected at the next meeting, according to Thompson, and may be the final estimate from the company relating to the Bessemer project.

With that street complete, attention is now being turned toward waterline replacement on Jefferson Street. Thompson said he expects there will be a few months delay between now and the start of replacement work on Jefferson.

A payment of $29,233 was approved to Pollard for preliminary work on Jefferson Street, consisting of restoration photos and preparation of materials. A separate payment was also approved to Pollard for preliminary work on Willow Street, which is also part of the waterline replacement project.

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