Charel Terrace improvements could see savings of more than $100,000

Published on Tue, Aug 9, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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At its 7 p.m. meeting tonight (August 9), The Whatcom County Council will vote on a change to a request from the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District (BBWARM) for $420,000 for stormwater handling improvements in the Charel Terrace area of Birch Bay, near Birch Point. According to county public works, the final construction bid came in much lower than expected, so BBWARM is decreasing its request to $336,237.

A few weeks ago, the county council approved a $267,000 contract with Lynden-based Len Honcoop Gravel, Inc., to improve existing stormwater pipes and construct bioswales along Charel Drive and Carey Lane west of Semiahmoo Drive. The approximate $69,000 difference between the construction contract amount and the total amount is set aside for inspection costs and contingencies. The construction will begin sometime in August and be done by mid-October. The Charel Terrace area has been the victim of moderate to severe flooding in the last few years due to aging stormwater pipes and insufficient drainage systems.

I originally reported on this in May when BBWARM staff held a meeting to explain the improvements to residents of the Charel Terrace area and get input on what else needed to be done. At the time, I reported Ferndale-based Land Development Engineering and Surveying, Inc., would perform the construction. That was incorrect. The company was responsible for designing the improved stormwater system.

For a PDF of the agenda bill the county council will be voting on, click here.


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