USDA Phase 1 Project Update January 11, 2019

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January 11, 2019

RE:  U.S. Department of Agriculture Phase I Sewer Expansion Project Funding Update

Dear Tiverton Resident and Interested Parties,

TWWD is committed to the Phase 1 Sewer Expansion Project in the Riverside Drive and Robert Gray Avenue neighborhoods.   The extended government shutdown has forced the District’s primary contacts at USDA to remain on furlough.  Although the government shutdown has temporarily stalled progress on the project, the District is prepared to resume talks with the USDA following the shutdown.

In January 2018, the Wastewater District received 6 bids from qualified contractors for Phase I Project work planned for the Riverside Drive and Robert Gray areas of Tiverton.  All bids received were above available funding award amounts and therefore the project could not be awarded.  In the months following initial project bidding, the Wastewater District worked with its consulting engineer to re-scope the Phase I Project.  Despite the removal of many high-cost items from the initial project, the high bid estimates still required the District to submit a cost overrun application to the USDA.

The District has been engaged in continuous talks with USDA representatives since the project was initially proposed.  In recent months, leading up to the shutdown, the District prepared and submitted numerous documents to USDA for review by both the regional and national offices in support of the District’s application for continued funding.  In addition, multiple third parties have provided supporting opinions to USDA on behalf of the District, at the request of the USDA.  Upon return from furlough, we anticipate USDA will receive its funding allocation amount and will be prepared to begin distributing funding awards.

Sincerely,

Tiverton Wastewater District