The Flood Advisory Committee (FAC) has been presented with six engineering proposals for doing Local Flood Analysis on the Esopus Creek and a portion of the Bushkill Stream from Maltby Hollow Stream to the reservoir as well as completing a Townwide Flood Mitigation Plan. A subcommittee was appointed to review all six of the proposals with The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP) guiding the committee through the process. Subcommittee members rated the proposals on the relevant experience of the firm and project staff assigned–hydrology and hydraulics analysis, sediment transport analysis, FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis, flood mitigation projects, practicability of the proposed schedule, and understanding of project objectives. The six firms submitting proposals are Arcadis, Barton & Loguidice, The GEA Group, Gomez and Sullivan Engineers, Milone & MacBroome, and Woidt Engineering & Consulting.
On Thursday, October 30th, the FAC met along with AWSMP representatives to discuss rankings of the firms. After careful and methodical consideration the FAC opted to interview Milone & MacBroome and Woidt Engineering and Consulting. Said interviews were conducted on November 13th, 6:30 pm for Woidt Engineering and 8 pm for Milone & MacBroome. After thorough discussion the committee members agreed that Woidt Engineering was the firm to recommend to the Town Board; however, they were concerned that the firm’s Community Rating System experience was a weak point. Woidt Engineering agreed to revise their proposal to include partnering with a firm to enhance their Community Rating System capabilities. On December 1st Woidt’s revised request for proposal was submitted and after another review the committee agreed to recommend Woidt Engineering.
Resolution #17 of 2014 Approving Woidt Engineering & Consulting will be presented to the Town Board at the December 9th meeting. Once this Town Board resolution is approved a grant in the amount of $99,915 will be submitted to the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program for funding the Local Flood Analysis, Flood Mitigation Plan, and Community Rating System application.