The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) Board of Directors met on Wednesday at GRDA Headquarters in Vinita. During open session, the board awarded a bid for roof replacement at project the Pensacola Powerhouse.
One of five bids received; Williams Construction of Pryor was awarded the bid to replace the antiquated powerhouse roof, which has been in place on the Pensacola plant since it’s original construction in the early 1940s.
“The concrete pavers on top of the roof are aged and we are currently experiencing a number of leaks. The roof needs to be replaced in order to prevent damage to the generators and for safety reasons among our staff and the many visitors that tour the facility each year,” said Charles Barney. “The dam and powerhouse are both listed on the National Historic Register so we have informed them of our plans to replace the roof so the next step is to award a bid. Williams Construction was the low bid that met the criteria and it is my recommendation that we go with them.”
The replacement process will not interfere with GRDA operations, according to Barney.
The board accepted the bid from Williams Construction at a cost of $667,209.00
As a result of damage received in the winter storms, the board approved a request by Tera Miranda Resort and Harbor for modification to its commercial dock permit.
After losing several slips and walkways to the winter snowfall, Tera Miranda Resort and Harbor located on the eastern shore of Monkey Island, will reconstruct its docks reducing the number of boat slips from 120 to 106 and increasing its personal watercraft slips from 19 to 44. The construction project is slated to begin in October.
“The new docks will dramatically increase access to the cove and will include galvanized steel and concrete walkways which will increase weight and stability,” said David Chernicky, board member. “I would also like to inform the board that the previous breakwater at Tera Miranda which was constructed of tires has been replaced with a more modern, more effective system.”
Dr. Darrell Townsend updated the board on the FERC compliance and temporary curve rule amendment, as well as the current state of Blue-Green Algae in Grand Lake.
“In April we applied for a temporary rule curve with FERC requesting that we maintain the lake level until mid-September before dropping the level to 742 but they required additional information from us. We forwarded the request to the Corp of Engineers in Tulsa who came back to tell us that they would take approximately one year to get the modeling for the date they requested.”
Townsend stated that the original intent of the rule amendment was not in regard to flooding in areas of Ottawa County but that it is the primary reason they were denied by FERC.
In a monthly video update the board was informed as to the procedures followed by GRDA employees who having been working out in the record breaking heat in an effort to avoid ailments such as heat exhaustion or over exertion.
The video stated that GRDA is combating the heat by maintaining a constant supply of water and Gatorade on site ensuring electrolyte replacement and taking regular breaks.
The board approved an engineering contract with EPS Engineering for design for the Centrilift Substation, Claremore Interconnect Addition and Ketchum Substation at a cost not to exceed $446,700.00.
In other business the board approved payment of 2011 administrative operating permit fees in the amount of $305,466.38 to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for the coal fire complex.
An executive session item calling for the purpose of discussing the employment, hiring, appointment or resignation of the general manager/chief executive officer and director of investments brought no action by the board.