Fairfield takes on $1 million in new debt for water main project

The city of Fairfield will replace 5,700-plus feet of decades-old water main along Resor and Winton roads will cost nearly $1 million to be replaced. Pictured is the intersection of Resor Road and Sigmon Way. The water main will be replaced on Resor Road from Augusta Boulevard to Sigmon Way, and on Winton Road from Resor to Mack roads. MICHAEL D. PITMAN
The city of Fairfield will replace 5,700-plus feet of decades-old water main along Resor and Winton roads will cost nearly $1 million to be replaced. Pictured is the intersection of Resor Road and Sigmon Way. The water main will be replaced on Resor Road from Augusta Boulevard to Sigmon Way, and on Winton Road from Resor to Mack roads. MICHAEL D. PITMAN

Credit: Michael D. Pitman

Credit: Michael D. Pitman

Fairfield City Council agreed to borrow $1 million to finance a water main repair along Resor and Winton roads.

In addition to the new bonds for that purpose, the city was also required to renew its existing $4.6 million in bonds from past water and wastewater system improvements in 2017 and 2019. These renewed bonds paid for muliple projects, including the Ohio 4 water main replacement in 2017 and water system improvements for Donald Drive and Mack, Ross and Seward roads.

Both bond issuances are expected to result in the city paying between 0.2 and 1 percent in interest because of its Aa1 bond rating, the second-best rating issued by Moody’s.

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The city of Fairfield will replace 5,700-plus feet of decades-old water main along Resor and Winton roads will cost nearly $1 million to be replaced. Pictured is the intersection of Winton and Resor roads. The water main will be replaced on Resor Road from Augusta Boulevard to Sigmon Way, and on Winton Road from Resor to Mack roads. MICHAEL D. PITMAN
The city of Fairfield will replace 5,700-plus feet of decades-old water main along Resor and Winton roads will cost nearly $1 million to be replaced. Pictured is the intersection of Winton and Resor roads. The water main will be replaced on Resor Road from Augusta Boulevard to Sigmon Way, and on Winton Road from Resor to Mack roads. MICHAEL D. PITMAN

Credit: Michael D. Pitman

Credit: Michael D. Pitman

The Resor and Winton roads water main project will replace more than 5,700 feet of pipe. The project will include work on Resor Road from Augusta Boulevard to Sigmon Way and on Winton Road from Resor to Mack roads. The water main is scheduled to be replaced this spring.

Fairfield Public Utilities Director Adam Sackenheim said the 1950s-era cast iron piping is deteriorating, and the work will “ultimately providing more reliable water service to city utility customers.”

The water main project was identified as a priority due to the frequency of main breaks, which have caused service interruptions to nearby water customers, Sackenheim said. About 25 water main breaks have occurred in that area of the past decade, according to the city.

Eleven companies bid for the contract, and the bid from J.W. Brennan Excavating was “lowest and best.” The engineering estimate for the project was $1.19 million. Two bidders were over the engineer’s estimate, and two were under $1 million.

J.W. Brennan’s winning bid was $949,300, but the city allocated $997,000 to include contingency funds for potential overages.

The project is expected to wrap up by the end of May, ahead of the planned re-paving of Resor Road later this summer.

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