City awards water main contract to Douds company

Fairfield City Council members award the contract for the East Madison and East Fillmore water main replacement project during their meeting Tuesday evening at city hall.

The city received six bids; two under the engineer’s estimated budget of $367,000. The contract was awarded to DC Concrete and Construction of Douds for $318,295.

City engineer Melanie Carlson explained the works includes replacing five blocks of water main pipe on Madison Avenue from Main Street to E Street and four blocks on Fillmore Avenue from Main Street to D Street. It includes about 3,345 feet of water main replacement and 59 service connections.

“This area had several breaks over the last several years, some right next to each other,” Carlson told the council members.

The project on Madison includes the block where Washington Elementary School is located. Because of traffic concerns and water supply concerns at the school, Carlson said the contractor will not be working during class hours. Work will be done during spring break, on weekends and in the evenings. The Fairfield Community School District’s spring break is scheduled for March 20-25.

Carlson said the project will “look messier,” than other recent water main replacement projects because the dirt will be stored on-site.

She also added that the plan is to leave one lane open on the streets during the work.

While the water mains are being replaced, the storm sewer pipes also will be replaced with thicker-walled pipes, Carlson continued. The storm sewer pipes need upgraded because of their proximity to the water main pipes. She added that the water and storm sewer pipes also are in proximity to each other in other parts of the city, but have been “grandfathered in” and do not have to be upgraded until work is done in that area.

The work on Madison and Fillmore must be completed by June 15, and comes with a standard two year warranty.

City administrator Aaron Kooiker announced that Fairfield city offices will close at noon on Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving and at noon Nov. Dec. 24 for Christmas.

Mayor Ed Malloy said the city council traditionally has only one regular meeting in December. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The city council met on Tuesday evening instead of on its regular Monday evening because of the Veterans Day observance on Monday.