101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty discuss the news of a new new project manager hired to by the city of Shreveport to oversee the implementation of the billion dollar "consent decree" agreement to rebuild the city's sewer system.

Details on that company, Burns McDonnell Engineering of Kansas City, Missouri, from settletalk.com:

"...(an) Engineering Contract for Program Management between the city of Shreveport and Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. (BMEC).

This contract is to be the project manager for the mandated Environmental Protection Agency Consent Decree. For round numbers this decree requires the expenditure of $100 million dollars a year for remedial water and sewer work."

The project, which was originally estimated to cost about $350 million at the time of the agreement, is now priced in excess of a billion dollars.

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"The 40 page plus contract setting forth the scope of services is quite extensive.

The standard provisions of a city contract are included. These include requirements for Fair Share Program, indemnity of the city plus insurance ($1 mil per occurrence, $2 mil aggregate), right of review and audit, affidavits that contract not secured through employment or payment of a solicitor, and other standard provisions.

BMEC...has opened a Shreveport office and is expected to hire over 30 people to manage the expansive EPA work."