Bids on Cleveland Filtration Plant Work
After bids on the contract for concrete work in connection with the new Division Avenue filtration plant at Cleveland. Ohio, were opened, Sanitary Engineer R. W. Pratt said that the new plant may be erected at a cost of $1,459,000 instead of $1,500,000, as first estimated. The lowest bid was $167,000 below estimates of engineers. The estimate was $881,000 and the bid of Charles Fath & Co., Cleveland, was $714,675.75. The highest was $1,113,746.50. John F. Casey, of Pittsburgh, bid $869,059.50. Winston & Co., of New York, bid $869,459. Low prices surprised engineers who have been at work on the filtration project for months. The concrete work must be completed within fourteen months and the contract contains a $400 a day penalty clause. Without a dissenting vote the immediate expenditure of $250,000 has been authorized by the Cleveland, O., City Council, for the purchase of a ten-acre tract as a site for the new filtration plant. Expenditure of $1,300,000 for water works purposes was authorized by ordinance. The measure was introduced as a blanket ordinance, but changes made by committees practically restrict its use to filtration plant purposes.