Sparks City Council Meeting 11/14/2011 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, November 14, 2011 2:00 PM
    Sparks Legislative Building

Consent Items: 5.6

Title: Consideration and possible approval of reimbursement to the City of Reno in the amount of $46,502.89 for Sparks’ share of a bid award to Kennedy/Jenks Consultants by the City of Reno for evaluating waste activated sludge management strategies at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF).
Petitioner/Presenter: Neil C. Krutz, P.E. – Director of Community Services/David Bruketta – Acting Plant Manager - TMWRF
Recommendation: Staff recommends City Council approve Sparks’ share of the contract between the City of Reno and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants for evaluating waste activated sludge management strategies at TMWRF. The reimbursement will be to the City of Reno equal to $46,502.89.
Financial Impact: The City of Reno will enter into an agreement with Kennedy-Jenks consultants and administer the design and construction contract. The City of Reno will be reimbursed for a portion of the costs by the City of Sparks through the current cost sharing agreement for TMWRF capital projects. The City of Reno and the City of Sparks share the cost of this project based upon their ownership of TMWRF, which is 68.63% for Reno and 31.37% for Sparks.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief: This matter is scheduled to go before the Reno City Council on November 09, 2011 for approval to enter into a professional services contract with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to evaluate waste activated sludge management strategies at TMWRF. Under the capital projects cost sharing agreement with Reno, Sparks will reimburse Reno for 31.37% of the total amount (Sparks’ share being $46,502.89).

Background: : TMWRF staff is looking at ways to reduce and defer significant capital costs for repairing or replacing an aging solids handling infrastructure at TMWRF. Coupled with the need to reduce nutrient loading, staff is pursuing professional service support to evaluate alternative and newer solids handling processes. During the last year, manufacturers of sludge handling equipment have locally demonstrated improved capabilities for dewatering dilute wastewater sludges. TMWRF staff is currently participating in a regional biosolids study being coordinated by Washoe County.

Analysis: The scope of work for this solids handling evaluation involves segmenting solids handling systems with the goal of reducing operational costs, capital costs for replacement and rehabilitation and nutrient loadings. The scope of work also includes analysis of promising new technologies at TMWRF. This will provide the necessary operating data to improve confidence in the ability of these systems to provide cost savings.

Alternatives: 1. Council could direct staff to provide other alternatives.

Recommended Motion: I move to approve that Council award the approval of reimbursement to the City of Reno for Sparks’ share of the waste activated sludge management study in the amount of $ 46,502.89.

Attached Files:
     kennedy jenks proposal.pdf
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