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File #: 1253-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/13/2021 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 6/21/2021 Final action: 6/24/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Utilities to enter into an agreement with Duke’s Root Control, Inc. for Sewer Root Control Services in accordance with Sole Source provisions of the City Code for the Division of Sewerage and Drainage, and to authorize the expenditure of $110,000.00 from the Sewer Operating Sanitary Fund. ($110,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD 1253-2021 Financial Coding - Sewer Root Control, 2. ORD 1253-2021 Sewer Root Control - Sole Source Form, 3. ORD 1253-2021 Sewer Root Control - 2021 Price Quote letter

The Department of Public Utilities, Division of Sewerage and Drainage has a need for a Sewer Root Control program to kill root growth in sanitary sewer lines 6” to 36” in diameter and inhibit root re-growth. The Division of Sewerage and Drainage has determined that the chemical diquat dibromide is the most effective at treating roots in sewers. It is approved by the United States EPA for this use and classified as non-carcinogenic and not considered a volatile compound. Further, diquat dibromide has little or no effect on treatment plant processes, therefore, making this chemical preferred for use in the Division’s Root Control program. The Division has further determined that other chemicals are not acceptable for use in this program as being either non-effective or containing metam sodium which has been classified by the US EPA as a likely carcinogen.

Duke’s Root Control, Inc. is the only contractor licensed and registered to apply diquat dibromide otherwise known as Razorooter II, and that Razorooter II is a patented technology. Duke’s Root Control, Inc. has been identified by the Division of Sewerage and Drainage as the only commercial applicator licensed by the manufacturer to apply Razorooter II and registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Duke’s Root Control, Inc. has the capacity and capability to perform this program. This ordinance is being submitted in accordance with the relevant provisions of Chapter 329 of City Code relating to Sole Source procurement.

The Division of Sewerage and Drainage wishes to enter into a service agreement from date of execution by the City of Columbus to and including December 31, 2021.

SUPPLIER: Duke’s Root Control, Inc., EIN #75-3026801, D365 #010159, Expires April 29, 2022

The company is not debarred according to the Excluded Party Listing System of the Federal Government or prohibited from being awarded a contract according to the Auditor of State Unresolved Findings for Recovery Certi...

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