City enters $70K-a-year contract for cleanup of future sewage backups in Ann Arbor homes
The city of Ann Arbor has entered into a three-year contract with Ypsilanti-based Coach's Catastrophe Cleaning & Restoration Services for future cleanup of sewer backups in city residents' homes and apartments.
The Ann Arbor City Council unanimously approved the $70,000-a-year agreement Monday night. The city contracts for basement cleaning services after sewer backups that result from a blockage in city-owned and maintained sanitary sewers.
City officials said the approved purchase agreement will be used in the future when it is determined by the city's field operations staff that the city is responsible for cleanup. The offered services will include debris removal, but not repair or restoration to property.
Craig Hupy, the city's field operations manager, said the city advertised for bids and Coach's Catastrophe was the lowest responsible bidder. Two other companies — Jarvis Property Restoration and Kristel Cleaning Inc. — submitted bids that were determined to be incomplete, as their bid price would not return affected areas to proper health standards, Hupy said.
For the cost of cleaning and sanitizing a 900-square-foot carpeted area, Jarvis and Kristel both bid $135. Coach's Catastrophe bid $926.27, but that included a more complete array of services, including debris removal, disposal, cleaning, sanitizing, and drying.
Heavy rains on May 25 caused portions of the city's sanitary sewer system to become stressed and there were at least 87 reports of sewer backups in basements, city officials said.
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the city in a lawsuit in which several Ann Arbor residents claimed a defect in the city's sewer system caused backups in their basements on the city's northeast side back in 2008.
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