Randolph County Commissioners
Special Meeting - October 19, 1998
The Randolph County Board of Commissioners met at 4:00 p.m.
in the Commissioners Meeting Room, County Office Building, 725 McDowell Road,
Asheboro, NC. Commissioners Frye, Kemp, Holmes, and Mason were present.
Commissioner Davis was absent. The purpose of this meeting was to hear
presentations from three engineering firms who submitted proposals for
conducting a countywide water study. These firms were ranked as the top three,
from a field of seven, by the Water Resources Advisory Board.
Tritech Civil Environmental, PC, Asheboro
Phil Brower, PE, made a presentation on behalf of Tritech:
- Tritech was established in 1995 and has a staff of 8 (4 of which are PE’s,
3 of those with advanced degrees); average professional staff experience is
18 years; firm and staff have significant experience with major water
- Major NC public clients include Town of Elkin, City of Raeford, City of
Asheboro, PTRWA, Town of North Wilkesboro, Rockingham County Schools, City
- Areas to address in the study: low-yield or contaminated wells, service
area groundwater yields, low percolating soils or failed septic systems;
high growth areas, industrial development sites, schools and sites needing
fire protection, population/water use projections, facility requirements and
cost, implementation methods.
- Tritech has a strong knowledge of Asheboro and PTRWA systems, both major
water suppliers in the county.
- Tritech could complete the study in 5.3 months; project team would consist
of 2 PE’s and 1 RLS.
Hobbs, Upchurch & Associates, P.A., Southern Pines
Fred Hobbs, PE, made a presentation on behalf of HUA:
- HUA was established in 1983 and has a staff of 102 company-wide (5 office
locations), including a government division with 15 employees.
- Related experience in NC: Bladen County, Lee County, Montgomery County,
Columbus County, Chatham County, Vance County, Dare County, Washington
County, Moore County Water & Sewer Authority, Franklin County, Albemarle
Commission, Anson County, Siler City. Related experience in SC: Lancaster
County Water & Sewer Authority, Lake Marion Regional Water System, Grand
Strand Water & Sewer Authority, Santee Cooper Regional Water System.
- Areas to address in the study: area to be served, establish target areas,
water resources, distribution, storage, cost estimates, annual operating
budget, implementation guidelines, funding alternatives.
- HUA has been involved in over 100 CDBG projects, resulting in almost $50
million in funds, as well as near 200 projects through various other
sources, totaling over $175 million in combined funds.
Marziano & Minier, P.A., Asheboro
Hiram Marziano, P.E., made a presentation on behalf of
Marziano & Minier:
- Related experience in NC: Washington County, Northampton County, Davidson
County, Montgomery County, Currituck County, Pasquotank County, Richmond
County, Harnett County
- Related experience in Randolph County: City of Archdale, Town of
Franklinville, Town of Ramseur, City of Asheboro, Town of Liberty, City of
Randleman, Seagrove/Ulah Metropolitan Water District, Davidson Water
Company, Handy Sanitary District, private water and sewer systems, Randolph
- Related experience with the County of Randolph (joint projects): Zoo water
and sewer, Ramseur/Coleridge water, Ramseur/Liberty/County water, Glenola
- Areas to address in the study: preliminary planning, study memorandum,
data collection, technical analysis, master planning, financing
alternatives, implementation plan, organizational structure, operational
recommendations, public participation.
- Marziano & Minier has experience with assisting local governments in
the funding of water projects: $1.5 million from the State for Randleman to
pay its share for Randleman Lake, various CDBG projects (Randleman,
Asheboro, Harnett), various FHA projects, relief funds from Hurricane Fran,
very familiar with the state bond package being proposed.
Frank Willis, County Manager, explained the process for
contracting for professional services (vs. goods): interview firms and rank
them; negotiate a contract with #1 firm to include price and scope of service
(if contract cannot be negotiated with #1, negotiate with #2); award contract.
The Board briefly discussed presentations heard and agreed
that they were not ready to vote on the ranking of the three firms at this time.
This item will be considered at the November 2 meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Darrell L. Frye,
Robert O. Mason
Alice D. Dawson, Clerk to the Board