Staff recommends approval of purchase requisition 40840 to Hewitt Power and Communications for utility construction services for an estimated total amount of $375,694.43.
The City is set to begin the construction phase of relocating the electric and communications utilities on Highway 441 from Perkins to Griffin in preparation for the widening of the highway by FDOT. The city’s overhead utilities along this corridor will be relocated. The relocation will involve construction of new overhead facilities as well as underground facilities.
The City has an existing fixed unit price contract with Hewitt Power and Communications for underground utility construction services. This contract includes pricing for all tasks required by our utility to install underground electric power and communications services.
The underground work will include directional boring for the installation of 3-inch plex-duct conduit, installation of concrete vaults, installation of concrete pads, pedestals, pad mount transformers, and pulling electric wire into the conduit. Based on the relocation design by our Electric Department engineers, the estimated cost for the underground utility construction will be:
Electric Utility $335,309.82 (includes a $43,736.06 contingency)
Communications $ 40,384.61
Communications will be piggybacking the underground conduit pulls being done for electric. They will be paying an ‘adder’ cost to pull an additional 3-inch orange conduit with the 3 conduits being bored and pulled for the electric utility.
The estimated costs are for labor and equipment provided by the contractor. The City provides all material from our inventory for this construction and is not included in these estimates. The Purchasing Division requested area utilities provide a copy of their underground construction contracts for price comparison. We received only one response from Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA). The unit prices on our existing contract are in line and in most cases were lower than those in the KUA contract.
1. Approve the purchase requisition to Hewitt Power and Communications; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
The utility relocation project is being funded by the Highway 441/27 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The Electric and Communications Utilities will incur the initial expense and then be reimbursed after the funds are received from the draw down against the CRA bond anticipation note.
Department: _Electric Department______
Prepared by: _Mike Thornton________
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Reviewed by: Dept. Head ________
Finance Dept. ___________JB_____
Deputy C.M. ___________________
City Manager ___________________
Account No. _041-1099-531.63-10__
Project No. __410004_____________
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