Sanitary district hires firm to analyze sharing of services with Gary
BY CAROLE CARLSON email@example.com August 10, 2014 11:54AM
Updated: September 12, 2014 6:24AM
GARY — The city and Gary Sanitary District are turning to a Michigan-based firm that bills itself as a turnaround and crisis manager to better mesh overlapping operations.
The Sanitary District Board of Commissioners last week approved a $50,000 contract with Conway MacKenzie, of Birmingham, a Detroit suburb. The firm is aiding Detroit in its plans to emerge from bankruptcy.
Officials say the company will develop a management plan to assess where the city and Gary Sanitary District operations overlap, such as snow and tree limb removal, pothole filling and more.
“There may be a possibility to generate more money for the GSD and save the city money and provide better services to citizens,” said Bo Kemp, a city consultant. “Conway MacKenzie has particular expertise in this area.”
Kemp said one of his assignments has been to analyze ways the city can save money.
“This is an opportunity to be smarter about the delivery of services,” he said. “Last year at times, the city was not capable of removing snow itself so it would reach out to the GSD, which has better equipment.”
Kemp said the two agencies will be looking at opportunities to share services. He said the GSD is responsible for maintaining and replacing street catch basins and manhole covers, while the city repairs and replaces streets.
The management plan would coordinate the services so they’re done in conjunction with each other, Kemp said.
The GSD commissioners also approved a $214,595 contract with Rieth-Riley Construction for asphalt paving at its wastewater treatment plant.
GSD Executive Director Dan Vicari said the work will cover pavement at the plant’s east gate entrance on 4th Avenue, back to the west gate.
“It’s been more than 20 years and it’s impeding a lot of our tanker trucks,” he said.