The city of Ballwin has named A&A Sewer, LLC, has its sole source contractor for sewer lateral repairs during the two-year period beginning Jan. 1.
Three firms submitted bids for the project and the St. Louis contractor was determined to be the overall low bidder on the work.
According to Andy Hixson, Ballwin’s assistant city administrator, the company has worked with the city for more than 10 years and has completed more than 200 repair jobs.
Hixson added that having a sole source contractor will bolster and make more transparent the city’s efforts to halt the trend of running short of funds to pay for all the sewer lateral repairs requested by homeowners.
Lack of funds has forced Ballwin to carry over some requested repairs from one year to the next since 2005. The alternative has been for a homeowner to pay for the repairs and then apply for reimbursement when funds become available.
However, it appears the program will end 2017 in the black.
Ballwin earlier tightened its criteria on what repairs would qualify for funding and instituted an application fee to help pay program administrative costs.
Needed repairs on lines running from homes to the main sewer are funded by a $28 yearly tax assessment on residences in the city. Ballwin voters approved the annual fee in 1999. The maximum amount paid under the program for any repair is $3,000.