City Council reviews water well project

Albion City Council opened its meeting Tuesday night, May 14, with a public hearing on the new city water well.
Bids were let for their new well in February 2019, with the well contract awarded to Sargent Drilling of Geneva, at a total bid of $266,442 plus the generator at $59,825.
The contract for the water main piping and utility work portion of the project was awarded to VRBA Construction, Inc. of Schuyler at $183,978.
When bids were let, the council decided to obtain funding from Nebraska Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund, because this state fund provides 25 percent loan forgiveness on the project with potential savings to the city of more than $90,000.
Roger Protzman of JEO Consulting Engineers was present to discuss applications and responses from various state and federal agencies. He said the only agency requirement was from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a wetlands delineation for an area where some piping is located..
As of last Tuesday, the new well had been drilled and cased, and the drilling company was waiting for the test results from water samples. Once testing is completed, piping can be installed, Protzman said.
Asked about the timeline for completion, Protzman said he is comfortable with the original goal of September 2019.
No objections were raised at the public hearing.
In a related matter, the council approved the first pay application of $77,595 to Sargent Drilling for progress on the well construction.