Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An Assembly Committee discussed a way to start an overhaul of Juneau's main sewer system.
The Committee recommended approval to pursue a design-build plan to replace the Controls and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition panel at the Mendenhall Waste Water Plant.
The current system is obsolete. The original producer of the plant no longer knows how this system operates and functions. It was first constructed in the early 1980s. The plant serves the hospital, Lemon Creek and the Mendenhall Valley.
Staff reported the use of the design-build procurement method will mitigate many of the serious risks inherent in a wastewater treatment control system overhaul of this magnitude.
Staff compared the system being replaced to the black box of an airplane.
Vice Mayor Maria Gladziszewski said she supports the procurement method that was approved by voters. She said she also needed to be convinced there was an extraordinary reason for supporting this method.
She requested further information before the full Assembly votes on the proposal.
Staff said they intend to solicit qualified bidders and it will be a competitive bid, not a sole-sourced bid.