The City of Morro Bay has hired a consultant to start tackling some major water and sewer projects, part of its so-called “OneWater Plan.”

The City Council agreed to award an $815,237 consultant agreement with Cannon Corporation for engineering services — time and materials — plus a 10% contingency for a total of $896,761, according to a staff report from City Engineer Rob Livick.

The budget for the project, Livick said, will come from the water and wastewater enterprise funds and will not impact the General Fund.

Cannon is to help with projects included in Phase 1 of the OneWater Plan. They are: the Nutmeg Pressure Zone Improvements Project, part of the water system; Collections System Improvements: Main Street and Atascadero Road, part of the sewer collection system; and Collections System Improvements: upstream LS-1/Beachcomber, also part of the sewer system.

Cannon, Livick said, will complete the engineering and environmental determination for implementation of this first phase of the City’s OneWater Plan for its Wastewater Collection System.
The proposed services will include:

• Engineering Analysis and Recommendations (Preliminary Design);

• Geotechnical Engineering Services, Surveying, and Any Necessary Easement/Right of Way Acquisition;

• Preparation of Plans, Specifications, and Cost Estimates (Final Design);

• Bidding Assistance; and,

• Construction Support (optional).

The City received three bids for the contract for the sewer system — Carollo Engineers, Cannon, and MNS Engineers. A committee of City staffers — City Engineer Livick, Utilities Division Manager Joe Mueller, Collection System Lead Worker Robbie Victor, and Water System Lead Worker Jeff Cannon.

The team interviewed their top two candidates — Cannon and MNS — in early March and unanimously picked Cannon.

They did the same for the water system projects, with Cannon and Carollo the only two bidders. Again Cannon was picked for these projects.

There are a total of nine projects for the sewer system and some 10 projects in the water system that are included in Phase 1 of the OneWater Plan.

All of the projects are in the North Morro Bay.