Coon Rapids council awards sewer work contracts

The Coon Rapids City Council May 6 awarded contracts for sanitary sewer lining construction and rehabilitation of a sewer lift station.

Insituform Technologies USA, LLC, was the low bidder of five received in the amount of $1,035,114.10 for the 2014 sewer relining project, continuing a program that began in 2008.

Work, which will only take place on the main sanitary sewer line, will total 40,335 lineal feet of pipe, according to Public Works Director Tim Himmer.

The 2014 relining will be in three areas of the central portion of Coon Rapids where the existing sanitary sewer pipe – clay pipe installed in the 1960s and 1970s – has significant maintenance issues from root intrusion and open joints, Himmer told the council.

The contract also includes 10,447 lineal feet in an area south of Coon Rapids Boulevard and west of Hanson Boulevard that was not completed in 2013 because of the severe winter weather, he said.

Work will begin in early summer and be completed in the fall, Himmer wrote in a report to the council.

Through door hangers, homeowners will be notified by the contractor 48 hours prior to work starting on their street, according to Himmer.

The 2014 budget has earmarked $1.2 million for the 2014 project plus there is more than $400,000 left in the 2013 budget to cover last year’s unfinished work, Himmer said. Funding comes from the sanitary sewer utility fund, which receives its revenues from the quarterly utility bills paid by property owners in the city.

The council also awarded a contract to Geislinger & Sons in the amount of $459,813 to reconstruct sewer lift station No. 9, which serves an area in the southwest part of the city along Mississippi Boulevard.

An evaluation of the lift station found that the lift station structure that comprises a wet well and the existing pipe configuration has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced, according to Himmer.

Work is scheduled to begin in early summer and be completed in the late fall, Himmer said.

The city’s sanitary sewer utility fund, which has adequate dollars, will pay for the project, he said.