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Verndale City Council: Bid awarded for new water tower construction

by Trinity Gruenberg

The Verndale City Council held its regular meeting on December 14.

Water Project

Clif Allen with Moore Engineering received a “jaw-dropping” response for bids on the water tower project. Allen had previously warned the council that the bids could exceed $1 million due to increasing steel and building prices. Bids came in with the highest at $1.515 million, and the low bid was $788,500, Maguire Iron, Inc. The bids included the removal of the old water tower. Maguire Iron also built Bertha’s new water tower.

The council approved Allen’s recommendation to award the bid to Maguire Iron, contingent on Rural Development (RD) and attorney approval.

Allen was uncertain if the Pirates logo they wish to have placed on the water tower would be approved for funding under RD. The cost of the logo is approximately $10,000.

He also received quotes for the water meters. They separated this project from the water tower. Four quotes were received. They would like to use the time to compare the different meters to see what will best serve the city for the next 20 years. Rural Development had $95,000 budgeted for the water meters.

Rural Development approved the raised hatch that was requested after the last walkthrough of the water treatment plant. Approved change order 7 for $5272 for the cost of the hatch.

Amendment 2 for the engineering contract of $17,500 for engineering costs for the meters in the water treatment plant was approved. The professional services contract payment for Moore Engineering for $82,000 was also approved. . .


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