City of Albion accepts bids for new water well

Albion City Council accepted bids for the new city water well project and approved the one and six-year city street improvement plan during its monthly meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 19.
The water well and associated transmission piping bids were split into two sets — one set with the city paying the total cost, and the other set to be used if the city chose funding from the Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund.
Bids were higher under the state funding program. Use of this program requires contractors to meet Davis-Bacon wage requirements, but would also provide 25 percent loan forgiveness for the city.
Roger Protzman of JEO Consulting Engineers presented a cost analysis for both types of project funding. The analysis showed that, with 25 percent loan forgiveness, the city would save about $92,728 on the total project by using the state-funded program.
The council unanimously approved a motion to use the state revolving loan fund for financing the well project.
The council then awarded the water well construction contract to Sargent Drilling of Geneva, at a total bid of $266,442. Sargent Drilling will also supply a generator for the well at a cost of $59,825.
The only other bidder for the well construction was Rieschick Drilling Co. of Falls City, at $307,367 for the well and $75,000 for the generator.
Five companies competed to build the water main piping and utility work portion of the project. The council voted to accept the low bid of $183,978 from VRBA Construction, Inc. of Schuyler.
All bids are subject to review and approval by the Nebraska Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund staff before becoming final.
The well construction project will begin 30 days after notice to proceed is given, and the water main piping will begin in the spring of 2019.

Read the complete story in the Feb. 27 issue of the Albion News print and e-editions.