Miami-Dade mayor recommends contractor to oversee $1.6 billion in sewer repairs
05/13/2014 2:36 PM
05/13/2014 6:49 PM
Mayor Carlos Gimenez has formally asked the Miami-Dade County Commission to hire a firm to oversee $1.6 billion in sewer repairs over the next 15 years.
In a memo Tuesday, Gimenez recommended the commission approve a $91 million contract with AECOM Technical Services. The five-year contract would include two five-year renewal options.
The company would serve as program and construction manager for the Water and Sewer Department, which is under a federal mandate to upgrade deteriorated sewer pumps and pipes. Some of the work is already under way.
AECOM was ultimately ranked first over competitor CH2M Hill, after a lengthy solicitation that began last year and was marred by irregularities. The Miami-Dade inspector general and the county’s contracting department cleared the way for AECOM’s hiring last month.
“I think it’s actually disgraceful that we’ve had a bid dispute going for eight months,” Bill Johnson, the new water and sewer director, told a group of commissioners Tuesday.
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