City bidding out transfer station repairs

Item File PhotoDriveway failures at the Huntsville Transfer Station remained a topic of debate at Tuesdays meeting of the Huntsville City Council, with no public action being taken after council met in executive session for nearly two hours. 

The city of Huntsville is moving forward with plans to rebuild its hub for collected trash.

Officials announced Tuesday that the city is currently accepting sealed bids to repair and replace structural issues at the Huntsville Transfer Station, less than two years after the near $3.6 million facility opened its doors.

Included in the request for bids — which are scheduled to be opened June 25 — are requirements for the contractor to remove the existing concrete pavement, carry out limestone stabilization and place approximately 9,000 square-yards of new concrete.

The bid request comes nearly two months after the Huntsville City Council authorized a lawsuit against three contractors who they blame for the structural issues.

“The pavement at the transfer station was cracking, crumbling and deteriorating in a way that is not acceptable, and in a way that was not anticipated from the intended design and construction,” said Jeff Chapman, who is representing the city in litigation, at an earlier city council meeting.

The city’s lawsuit was filed against the facilities designer Weaver Consulting Group, contractor-at-risk Anchor Construction and subcontractor Liberty Concrete. Officials have not publicly announced if a settlement had been reached.

“Anchor has triggered their insurance, and we are currently discussing a potential settlement,” Chapman added. “My firm is working proactively on behalf of the city to not let things lapse, we are taking steps now to draw up design and contracting documents so we can get the issues repaired without losing too much time.

In January, city officials revealed that pavement for the driveway at the transfer station was cracking and crumbling, just 18 months after the near $3.6 million facility opened its doors. Officials later discovered that the contractor did not provide lime stabilization, did not install steel reinforcements nor did they deliver the desired concrete thickness, according to Chapman.

“The council and city staff are fully committed to providing a facility free of defects. We are going to make sure that the city gets what it paid for,” Chapman added.

City officials stated that the structural issues at the facility are strictly with the driveway, and that the building and scales are functioning as designed.