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UNFINISHED BUSINESS 8-20-14 LMS

One element of the Waste Water Treatment Plant Dump Station was built to designed specifications that have since proved to be unworkable. Keller Associates was in charge of designs for the $3.8 million Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade however, the company wants the city to pay for correcting the problem. The city maintains the problem is a design error made by Keller and is not the responsibility of the city or the contractor.

The problem, as described by Public Works Harry Shanafelt at the August 20 meeting of the Salmon City Council, is the degree of slope on a pipe running into the plantís Headworks building. The lack of proper grade precludes gravity flow and makes it necessary for treatment plant crews to wash dump station deposits through the pipe with hoses.

Keller has offered $3,000 towards the rebuild. The city doesnít feel it should have to pay twice to get the job done. Two bid proposals on the work have been received. Wellard Construction quoted a price of $9,830 and Herbek Construction bid $14,500. At first the original contractor, Dick Anderson Construction, indicated no interest in doing the work. It has now been learned that company is preparing a proposal.

The council decided the subject canít be negotiated or fully discussed without all involved parties in attendance. A motion was unanimously passed to table the matter until more definitive answers can be obtained.


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