Holland water tower project progressing


HOLLAND — A meeting today with potential bidders is but the latest development in the Town of Holland’s $1.13 million project to rehabilitate one water tower and completely replace another.

As many as five potential bidders could meet with engineers during a pre-bid conference this afternoon at Town Hall. During the meeting, any bidder questions about the scope of the work or the time windows involved can be clarified and guidance received before bids are submitted and opened.

Holland will use a $600,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs toward rehabilitating the Holland water tower and replacing a small Stendal tower with a 50,000-gallon replacement. The remaining $532,000 that’s needed will come from a low-interest State Revolving Fund loan. A preliminary rate analysis suggested there being about an 18 percent hike to water charges to finish out the funding but that detail will be nailed by a full rate study to come.

Holland has set a bid opening for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Town Hall, 505 W. Main St.

“Once bids come in is when we really start moving along,” said Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Senior Project Administrator Nathan Held.

That means closing on the SRF loan and getting a release of funds for the grant.

Support shown by Holland- and Stendal-area customers during a July hearing strengthened the grant application that allowed Holland to be one of eight projects announced as receiving funding in August.

OCRA had received 17 applications in the drinking water grant program open to low-to-moderate income communities. Town Council President Tom Thacker said Holland’s application included 44 letters of support received from people in Holland, Stendal and points in between.

The coming project will address the rehab needs of the 200,000-gallon water tower in Holland and replacement of the smaller, 20,000-gallon tower in Stendal that dates to 1960.

The Holland water tower near the elementary school needs to be repainted after pits and seams are addressed and a new ladder installed. It was last painted 15 years ago. The rehabilitation work is estimated to cost $389,000.

Stendal’s tower has been repaired many times over the years, and was out of commission for a month in the fall of 2014. A costly rehabilitation is out of the question, because the globe-shaped tower is so small that it starts freezing in the coldest part of winter.

Holland will look to construct a new 50,000-gallon tower for about $428,000. The old one will remain in use until the modern replacement is ready to go online.

The Lockhart Township Community Club has contributed to the project by donating land north of the existing Stendal tower for its replacement.

In addition to construction and rehabilitation costs topping $800,000 for the towers, non-construction costs of $315,000 make for the total project cost of $1.13 million.

The work on both towers is being bid under one contract and should start after the first of the year.

“It will probably take some time to build the (Stendal) tank” and it depends on the company winning the contract, according to Held.

“We worked on a project over in English where the company basically built the tower in their shop and were only on site a day or two putting it up,” he said. “Sometimes they build on site.”

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