The Greater Texoma Utility Authority board paved the way for two Sherman water system improvements when it approved two contracts during a meeting on Monday.

The Greater Texoma Utility Authority board paved the way for two Sherman water system improvements when it approved two contracts during a meeting on Monday.


The board of directors approved a contract with Crescent Constructors for the construction and electrical improvements at the Sherman Headworks Lift Station. In addition to the $4.77 million contract, the board approved the first change order of $117,067.14 for the project.


"The reason we are discussing awarding contract and requesting a change order the first time you hear about this is because this project was bid differently than a typical project," GTUA General Manager Drew Satterwhite said.


Equipment, including variable frequency drives, pumps and other features, were bid separately from the general contract; however, these fees were assigned to the contractor. This was done to better evaluate the operating costs over the life of the project, Satterwhite said.


While the original bid included an estimate for this equipment, this was expected to change. The change order reflects the cost of the equipment after being bid, reducing the cost of the project to $4.66 million.


In a separate action, the Board approved a contract with Lynn Vessels Construction for the construction of a southern relief sewer in the city of Sherman. This will replace an existing sewer line that was constructed at the same time as the city’s wastewater plant, and has since reached the end of its useful life span.


The current sewer is comprised of 30-inch and 27-inch concrete pipes. These pipes will be replaced with larger pipes that range from 27-inches up to 48-inches. Satterwhite said this will increase the capacity of the city’s wastewater plant.


In separate matters, the Board approved a revision to the third change order for work ongoing at the city of Krum wastewater plant. In May, the GTUA approved a change order of $52,500 to its contract with Gracon Construction for the extension of the plant’s electrical line to connect it with Oncor’s power grid. However, the Krum City Council did not approve the change order.


Since then, the city has discussed the project with Gracon, resulting in a reduced price of $42,852.56. The Council approved the revised change order on June 23.


In other action, the Board approved its first change order to the contract with Pittard Construction for water main replacement in the Lake Kiowa Special Utility District.


In March, the Board accepted a bid from Fusion HDD for the replacement of 25,000 feet of aged pipeline in the district. This contract was contingent on Fusion’s ability to provide proper bonding to finance the project. Fusion was unable to do so, and the project was instead awarded to Pittard.


The $56,000 change order covers the construction of an additional 750 feet of pipeline to connect the water main to the SUD’s elevated storage tank.