by Peter Bodley
The Coon Rapids City Council has ordered bids for the replacement of a sewer lift station in the city.
The council has approved plans and specification prepared by consulting engineer SEH, Inc. for the replacement of Lift Station 1, located at 923 88th Ave. N.W.
It serves the extreme southwest portion of the city, west of East River Road.
“The lift station is at the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced,” said Public Services Director Steve Gatlin.
The work will include replacing the lift station and minor relocation of some lift station components, he said.
This project is part of an ongoing capital improvement program that is replacing a sewer lift station each year, according to Gatlin.
The council will consider awarding a contract for the project at its April 3 meeting.
“We expect to begin work in early summer and be completed in the fall,” Gatlin said.
SEH has estimated the project cost to be $400,000.
The estimate is considerably under the $643,775 budgeted for the project in the sanitary sewer utility fund.
That prompted a question from Councilmember Scott Schulte as to the reason for that.
According to Gatlin, when the 2012 budget was prepared last year, a larger lift station had been in the plans for replacement this year.
The unspent money will remain in the sewer fund, Gatlin said.
The sewer fund does not derive its revenues from the property tax levy, but rather from the quarterly utility bills paid by property owners.
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