04-0411R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH BARR ENGINEERING TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES FOR THE CITY'S WATER SYSTEM EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN, ESTIMATED AT $20,000.

BY COUNCILOR STOVER:

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is required by the U.S. EPA to develop a Water Infrastructure Security Emergency Response Plan; and

WHEREAS, the city desires to hire a consulting engineer to provide the engineering services required for the development of this Plan as it relates to the city's municipal water system; and

WHEREAS, Barr Engineering Company has submitted a proposal for engineering services in connection with this project.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement with Barr Engineering Company, a copy of which is on file with the city clerk's office as public document no. __________________, to provide the city with such engineering services.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the cost of said engineering services, estimated at $20,000, payable from the Water Fund 0510, Dept./Agency 500, Organization 1955, Object 5303.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:   This resolution will authorize the provision of professional engineering services for the development of a Water Infrastructure Security Emergency Response Plan as required by the U.S. EPA and to comply with the Public Health Security and Bio-terrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002. Under these requirements, the City previously prepared a Vulnerability Assessment of its water utility assets relative to both internal and external threats. The City is now required to proceed with the development of an Emergency Response Plan relating to the outcomes of the Vulnerability Assessment. Given the new and somewhat unique nature of this federal requirement, city staff believes that it would be both necessary and appropriate to obtain the services of an engineering consultant to assist with this Plan development - including a review of the city's assessment efforts to date. Barr Engineering has demonstrated experience in the area of water system assessment and evaluation, and on staff's request has submitted a proposal for these services. Based on City staff's previous experience with Barr Engineering and review of the proposal provided, it is recommended that the City enter into an agreement with Barr Engineering for the services requested, at an estimated cost not to exceed $20,000.