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Water treatment expansion bid is awarded to Minnesota firm

By Staff | Sep 9, 2009

Improvements to Estherville’s Water Treatment Plant garnered nine bids for plant expansion work. The bids were reviewed Tuesday following the public hearing and the presentation of the resolution seeking the approval for the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost.

No public comments were made during the public hearing. At that point, the council passed the resolution to give the go-ahead to the project.

Following this action, the council accepted the low bid of $1,483,000 for the plant improvements submitted by KHC Construction of Marshall, Minn. Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton pointed out to the council the engineer’s estimate of this portion of the project was estimated at $1,626,000.

At this juncture, she asked the council to consider adding the alternate bid item to insulate process piping in the building’s interior. Also included is the paint insulation jacket at an additional total cost of $100,000.

Water superintendent Bruce Bruns was on hand and said this additional work would protect the entire operation and extend the life of various equipment. In addition, it adds a neater appearance to the plant.

The council passed the resolution that included the alternate bid item, bringing the total cost to $1,483,000.

Moving on to the second part of the project, Clayton explained to the council there are two options for the ground storage reservoir project, including the welded steel tank and the bolted steel tank.

The council gave its nod to Engineering America Inc of Oakdale, Minn., for the bolted steel tank bid of $259,800. Clayton said there is no need for repainting on this choice which measures 36 feet wide and 38 feet tall for a 300,000 gallon capacity. It will be situated north of the water plant.

“Now we get to figure out how to pay for all of this,” said Estherville Mayor Lyle Hevern to the members of the council.

The next agenda item sought the council’s approval on a resolution setting Monday, Sept. 21 as the public hearing date. Getting the council’s nod, the hearing will commence at 5 p.m. and will focus on a loan agreement in a principal amount not to exceed $2,600,000. (See cost breakdown in box.)

In other matters, the council:

n Granted permission to close the 700 block of First Avenue North for Calvary Gospel Assembly Church to host a cookout and block party on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

n Was informed Marie Park was promoted to deputy city clerk effective Aug. 10. Also effective Wednesday, Sept. 16, Mary Ann Menendez will begin her new duties as receptionist/secretary at city hall.

n Approved an application for renewal of a Class C Beer Permit, Class B Wine Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege for Kum & Go No.445 at 1615 Central Ave.

n Approved an application for renewal of a Class C Beer Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege for Duckwall-Alco Stores Inc. at 2402 Central Ave.

n Approved an application for renewal of a Class C Beer Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege for Casey’s General Store No. 1328 at 1332 N. Ninth St.

n Approved an application for renewal of a Class C Beer Permit and Sunday Sales Privilege for Casey’s General Store No. 1329 at 8 Central Ave.

n Approved an application and sketch for a Class B Beer Permit and Outdoor Service Area for the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce at 27 S. Fifth St. (Firemen’s dance on Saturday, Sept. 19).

Read Thursday’s Estherville Daily News to learn about the additional items addressed by Estherville City Council members.