COLUMBUS – The Columbus City Council approved moving forward with the designs for phase 4 of the wastewater treatment facility improvements.
The Improvement designs approved are an agreement with HDR engineering that cannot exceed the cost of $948,720. The design improvements include; new sludge storage tanks, equipment and facilities north of the flood protection levee, replacement of the storage and maintenance building, replacement of one belt filter press, construction of golf course irrigation pipeline, and demolition of the existing treatment plant in the Loup River floodway.
“We accelerated the current phase we’re in, so the council and the committees decided that last time we saved over $1 million, by accelerating the construction, and trying to keep the progress going, and that’s what were doing with the next phase of the wastewater. Hopefully we’ll get really good bids back after the designs complete, and we can proceed and get that project done.
The council also approved receiving a grant in the amount of $35,018 to go towards the storm water management plan program. The city is required to match 20 percent of the grant.