Ace Consultants were approved to do design work to relocate a 10-inch waterline, as part of the U.S. Highway 97/J Street realignment project, at the Jan. 28 meeting of Madras City Council.

The city of Madras’ 10-inch water main on Adams Drive needs to be relocated to avoid conflict with the new highway alignment, and the Oregon Department of Transportation does not typically design potable water systems. So, a consultant needed to be hired, and the city’s engineer Ace Consultants was eligible for that type of work.

The engineering and design work to relocate the 925 feet of water main will cost an estimated $19,000.

On the city’s Veterans War Memorial project at the airport, an amendment was made to extend the contract time with Rolf Kriken from Dec. 31, 2013 to May 1, 2014.

This will give Kriken time to complete all physical features of the memorial, including the foundation, structural supports and memorial components.

The memorial’s plaza construction began last fall, and will be completed in early summer 2014. The dedication ceremony will take place at the Airshow of the Cascades.

A change order was approved to have Jack Robinson and Sons do backfill work and provide testing services for compaction on the Deschutes Valley Waterline near the Northwest Berg Drive extension and Cherry Lane upgrade project.

The was an option to have DVWD do the backfilling, but since Jack Robinson and Sons was constructing the roadway in the area, it was felt it would be beneficial to have the compaction aspect under control of the general contractor. It was also requested the contractor do excavation and subgrade preparation of Wallan Drive, near the hangar being constructed.

The work will cost $15,180, with funds coming from the Airport Construction Fund.

The council gave its approval to carry over $108,100 in unspent Airport Construction Funds, because more of the work will need to be done this fiscal year than was estimated.

This is for the airports 16-34 runway Reconstruction Project, of which 90 percent is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program grant, and 10 percent with a city of Madras match.

Of the $108,100, a total of $97,290 will be from the FAA’s AIP program, and $10,810 from a transfer from the city’s contingency fund.

In other business, the council approved numerous committee members, representatives and other positions:

City Planning Commission, Bill Montgomery for a term through December 2015; Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council representatives, Jim Leach as primary and Richard Ladeby as alternate; Central Oregon Area Commission on Transportation, Gus Burril as primary and Jeff Hurd as alternate; Central Oregon Cities Organization, Melanie Widmer as primary and Gus Burril as alternate; Chamber Board representative, Tom Brown.

Natural Hazards Advisory Committee, Royce Embanks and Walt Chamberlain; Economic Development for Central Oregon Advisory Board representative, Melanie Widmer; Deschutes Water alliance representative, Royce Embanks as primary and Gus Burril as alternate. OSU/COCC Higher Education representative, Walt Chamberlain; Redmond Airport Advisory Commission, Rob Berg; Transportation Advisory Committee, Tom Brown;

Airport-Industrial Site Committee, Royce Embanks and Tom Brown; Dangerous Canine Commission, Royce Embanks and Dr. Jerud Rhen; Madras Redevelopment Commission, Tom Brown and Chuck Schmidt; Personnel Committee, Richard Ladeby and Tom Brown; Public Works and Parks Committee, Walt Chamberlain and Chuck Schmidt; and Urban Forestry Commission, Tom Brown.

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