Cozad & Fox to design Wickerd Road sewer upgrade


The upcoming La Ventana Ranch development and the future Liberty High School campus will require increased capacity for the Wickerd Road sewer in Menifee, and the Eastern Municipal Water District has selected Cozad & Fox as the consultant who will perform the design services.

Stephen Corona and David Slawson were unable to participate in Eastern’s July 1 board meeting, but the other three board members voted to approve a $124,609 contract for Cozad & Fox to perform the preliminary and final design. The vote also appropriated $285,609 to fund the project through its bid and award phase.

La Ventana Ranch is being developed by Global Investment Pool and will include 511 residential units. The Perris Union High School District began construction of Liberty High School in February 2019, and the school is expected to be open for the 2021-2022 school year. EMWD staff reviewed the impact of the development and the school on the water district’s sewer collection system and issued a plan of service to Global Investment Pool in July 2018. The plan of service will upsize approximately 3,900 feet of sewer within Wickerd Road between Mira Street and Menifee Road; the existing 12-inch sewer line will be replaced with a line 15 inches in diameter. A June 2019 EMWD board meeting approved an agreement with the Perris Union High School District in which Eastern will be the lead agency with regard to the environmental review for the sewer upgrade.

On March 31, EMWD staff issued a request for proposals for preliminary design, final design and bid services for the Wickerd Road sewer upgrade project. Four proposals were received and were reviewed by EMWD staff. The evaluation determined that Cozad & Fox, which is based in Hemet, would be the preferred consultant for the work.

Cozad & Fox has performed similar work for Eastern, and EMWD negotiated a $124,609 fee with Cozad & Fox to perform the preliminary design, final design, and support services through the bidding process. The $285,609 total appropriation includes in-house labor and materials costs.

After the design process produces sufficient information an environmental initial study will determine whether an environmental impact report, a mitigated negative declaration or a negative declaration will be needed for the project itself.

The project including construction has a cost estimate of $1,593,758. In the future, some of that amount will be reimbursed by the Perris Union High School District, and capacity fees from Global Investment Pool will also help to fund the upgrades required by the development.

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