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The Salmon City Council has awarded an oversight/observation contract for the City Waste Water Treatment Plant Project to Keller Associates.

The council made its decision after an executive session which took place at the conclusion of its regular City Council meeting the evening of June 19.

The additional construction and inspection oversight on the project will amend an existing contract the city has with the engineering firm and will add approximately 58 additional observation days performed by Kellerís trained engineers and inspectors. The observation days will be coordinated with the projectís schedule of key construction events to provide on-site quality control as per plan specifications. Estimated cost of the additional consulting services for the remainder of the Waste Water Treatment Plant project is capped at $47,500 and includes travel, per diem and lodging of Keller personnel.

The need for additional professional consulting services arose with the resignation of City Administrator George Ambrose. He had been using his background in construction and engineering to monitor the over $3 million water treatment plant project and the council felt professional oversight expertise is a necessity in order to assure state and federal officials as well as local taxpayers, the city and the contractors of the best possible outcome.

Keller Associates had submitted a proposal for the additional services. Because the engineering firm is already under contract with the city the process of putting the job out for bid was not necessary and oversight can begin immediately.

Earlier in the council meeting Project Engineer Skyler Allen of Keller submitted a progress report from when construction commenced in April.

He said the project is progressing well with a few bumps here and there but nothing major. Concrete walls for the filter basins have been put in place, have passed the test for leaks and the walls have been backfilled. One of the lift stations in the filter building is in place and preparations are being made to install the other lift station. The concrete foundation for the Headworks building is partially complete and a portion of the site piping has been done. Allen said the majority of the site pipe line that carries the filter wash water back to the head of the treatment plant has been installed. Allen indicated that work is a little ahead of schedule on the filter building and a perhaps bit behind on the head works building but with appropriate adjustments to the schedule the overall time table is on target at this point. From now on Allen will be giving the council monthly progress reports.

The projected completion date on the City of Salmon Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement project is January 22, 2014.

Councilman Fred Waidely added that so far the amount for change orders equals less than one percent of the project contract cost, which is good.

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