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City of Independence

Agenda Title:

Council action is requested to issue a purchase order, in the amount of $499,360.00, to Barr Engineering Co. for the Blue Valley Groundwater Monitoring Project for the Power & Light Department.

Council action to issue a Purchase Order.

The City of Independence, Power & Light Department (IPL) is required under its Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) issued Missouri State Operating Permit (MSOP) and under the Federal Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule to develop a groundwater monitoring program for its closed and capped Blue Valley Ash Ponds. To develop this monitoring program, Barr Engineering, our selected consultant, will provide the following deliverables over a seven-year period:


• Characterize the hydrogeologic conditions of the site by installing a series of borings and developing a conceptual site model
• Develop the appropriate plans and reports required by the Missouri Geological Survey and MDNR
• Conduct a risk based analysis of potential receptors and pathways
• Install permanent ground water monitoring wells, establish sampling constituents, establish sampling frequency/duration based on regulatory requirements
• Perform required groundwater sampling and analysis; and,
• Perform statistical analysis and reporting of groundwater data to compare up gradient vs down gradient groundwater constituent concentrations


This project will ensure that IPL’s Blue Valley Ash Ponds are in compliance with our State Permit and the federal CCR rule.


Barr Engineering Co. (“Barr”) was selected per State Statute 8.285, et seq, which calls for selecting architectural, engineering and land surveyor services based on qualifications. Barr was selected from the Procurement Division’s pre-approved list of architectural, engineering, and land surveyor consulting firms.

Approval of this item authorizes the Procurement Manager to issue change orders up to ten (10) percent of the original authorized amount, providing that appropriations are available.

Fiscal Impact:

Req.: No: 69790 OR
Acct.: No: 70201703.5406.1714
Bid No: Pre-Qualified A/E List
Amount: $499,360.00

Department:          Power & LightContact Person:          Andrew Boatright

Purchasing Division (Finance Department)Approved
Power and Light DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:         

Barr Engineering ContractContract