Corrosion in the pipes of a sewage lift station near the pulp mill caused a major problem a year and a half ago.
Fixing it is going to cost $616,000 — money that was being deferred from other projects.
City utilities director Tracy Kyle told council Tuesday the sewer trunk is a critical piece of infrastructure and hydrogen sulfide damage to the concrete had occurred for years.
In making initial repairs, City workers discovered the pipes were structurally compromised in other areas.
The money will allow corrosion resistant pipe to be installed along with other upgrades to improve the lift station. Council voted unanimously to spend the money.
Electric deal tests new approach to competitive bidding
A new approach to competitive bidding for City contracts is being tested with an electric deal.
City assistant finance director Doug Stewart told council Tuesday the $1-million/year agreement is going to Houle Electric, which had the best bid.
“We worked with the purchasing manager and that allowed us to do more competitive bids,” he said.
The deal is for three years and includes two separate one-year extension options.