City Commission to consider contract for sewer repairs are fire stations

Next week, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $149,750 contract to Copper Creek Construction for plumbing upgrades at three of the city’s fire stations.

The need for the project arose in 2017 when city staff were planning kitchen and restroom remodels at some of the fire stations. During the initial states of those remodels, it was discovered that sewer pipes under the floor drains had deteriorated and failed in several locations.

In December 2018, the commission awarded a contract to Falls Mechanical Services to evaluate the condition of the sewer lines.

Mikaela Schultz in the city engineer’s office told The Electric in March that the company scoped the lines at all four fire stations and provided detailed schematics and cost estimates of what they found.
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In March 2019, commissioners awarded a $14,411 professional services contract to Falls Mechanical for the rehabilitation of sewer lines at three of the city’s four fire stations. The contractor and city staff worked on the design of the project this year and prepared construction documents.

The contract being considered during the Dec. 17 meeting includes the replacement of sewer drain lines at Fire Stations No. 1, 2 and 4, including new cleanouts, plumbing lines and floor repair, according to the staff report.
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The contract requires that full station operations be maintained during construction and temporary shower and restroom facilities.

This project will repair the sewer drain problems that were found at:

  • Station 1- 105 9th St. S.
  • Station 2- 731 6th St. N.W.
  • Station 4- 1800 Fox Farm Rd

Schultz said in March that the investigation showed that the sewer line at station 3 was in decent shape and the city will address that line when they remodel the kitchen and dorm area of that station.
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Once the the sewer repairs are completed, other restroom and kitchen remodels can begin at the three stations, according to the staff report.

The city received three bids for the project on Dec. 4 with bid prices ranging from $191,159 to $149,750. Copper Creek Construction submitted the low bid, according to staff.

Funding for the project was included in the fire department’s budget.