Bids for sewer plant are high

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Bids to con­struct the new waste­water treat­ment plant were over the an­tic­i­pated amount, ac­cord­ing to Ken Hayes, wa­ter and waste­water de­part­ment su­per­in­ten­dent.

Hayes pre­sented the bids to the Pea Ridge City Coun­cil dur­ing the reg­u­lar monthly meet­ing. The low bid was $7,143,100 from Huff­man Con­struc­tion LLC.. The project was an­tic­i­pated to cost $5 mil­lion.

“We had three bid­ders; the pro­jec­tion was around $5 mil­lion,” Hayes said.

Hayes said the en­gi­neer is re­view­ing the bid and they are con­sid­er­ing op­tions for re­duc­ing the cost, but also are plan­ning to go back to the RDA for more money.

Hayes said em­ploy­ees are re­ceiv­ing ad­di­tional train­ing to be able to op­er­ate the new type of fa­cil­ity and one em­ployee will be train­ing at the Rogers plant for hands on ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We ba­si­cally will train two guys, the one op­er­at­ing 40 hours a week and the other guy for a backup.”

“The big­ger ex­pense we’ll see, and it’s been bud­geted for, is the cost of elec­tric­ity and chem­i­cals,” Hayes ex­plained. “We’ve been plan­ning for it for a long time.”

Hayes said a spe­cial City Coun­cil meet­ing would be needed to ap­prove the bid.

City of­fi­cials agreed to meet at 2 p.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 8, for a spe­cial City Coun­cil Com­mit­tee of the Whole to re­view the bud­get and may sched­ule a spe­cial Coun­cil meet­ing to ap­prove the bid.

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