Forty-two pedestals at city docks scheduled for replacement effort

Published 8:04 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The City of Washington is planning to replace waterfront pedestals along the city docks. However, two previous attempts to bid the project produced no bids. The third attempt produced one bid.

“I did not open it because I did not want to expose the bid. Once I open it, it exposes the bid and becomes public information. I didn’t open it with me having one. I’ve got to figure out (what to do) from colleagues and everything because this is the third time I’ve bid this out. … I’m trying to figure out if we can use this one legally or not,” said Jennifer Nelson, the city’s purchasing agent.

The project will replace 42 marina power pedestals, including six associated with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Bids were received Friday. The projected start date is March 12, with an end date of Aug. 12. If not completed by Aug. 12, a penalty of $100 per day until the project will be enforced.

The city is requiring the power pedestals follow certain requirements such as those found in Eaton Corp. Marine Power and Lighting’s 44-inch tall model. Based on earlier estimates, thirty-six of the power pedestals would cost $32,145.12 for metering and receptacles on one side of power pedestals. Six power pedestals with metering and receptacles on two sides would cost $1,073.12. Combined the 42 receptacles cost $38,583.84.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying for the contract. “This is an acknowledgement that FEMA financial assistance will be used to fund the contract only. The contractor will comply with all applicable federal law, regulations, executive orders, FEMA policies, procedures, and directives,” reads a compliance statement.

The Eaton Corporation suggest that each of the power pedestals be equipped with the following:

  • 20-amp receptacle (one per unit, $48);
  • surge protection device at each single phase ($206);
  • spare base camp to avoid damage to the power pedestal because of inclement weather ($30);
  • fire house pedestal (a fire extinguisher shall be placed within 75 feet of every boat and/or intersection of every dock).
  • Sunbrella spray cover ($210);
  • ground fault monitor (compliant with new ground-fault monitoring regulations, $2,400).

Advanced Electrical Service, 402 CBH Lodge Road, received a letter dated Oct. 29, 2018, from Eaton Corporation that said the warranty is based on Eaton Corporation’s standard warranty.






About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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