Kremmling awards $662,000 water line replacement contract

August 7, 2009

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Drew Munro):

Brannan Construction won the bid to replace leaking steel water lines in part of the town after it submitted a bid that was $117,000 lower than the next lowest bid, which was offered by Grant Miller Inc. of Breckenridge. Trustee Erik Woog said he and other council members were concerned about how the large Front Range company might handle sensitive portions of the project. But the cost differential cannot be ignored, he said…

This phase of the project entails replacing more than 10,000 feet of 6-inch and 4-inch water lines, primarily in Kremmling Country, Soltis said. It is being funded in large part by a $1 million Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant. (The low bid will allow the town to replace more line than originally anticipated.) The project is scheduled to begin immediately and be completed by mid-November.

Bids for an upcoming project to replace another 10,000 feet of the 6- and 4-inch lines will be solicited in a few weeks, he said. That phase will be funded exclusively by a $2 million federal stimulus grant. It is scheduled to begin Sept. 30 and be completed next spring…

Before the project began last year, Moses estimated the old pipes were leaking about 60 percent of the town’s treated water into the ground. That’s not only expensive, officials said, it was causing the town water treatment plant to work overtime, accelerating the time frame in which the town would face the costly prospect of replacing the plant.

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Kremmling: Moving street budget to supply infrastructure

May 6, 2009

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From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Drew Munro):

“The good news is we got some money” for the town’s water-line replacement project, Mayor Tom Clark said. “The bad news is, we only got half of it.” At the behest of Town Manager Ted Soltis, trustees directed staff to examine making the most the $750,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant money by using it and the town’s $250,000 in matching funds to complete all of this year’s water line replacement project. The catch: Streets dug up in the process will remain unpaved for a year. Project costs generally are split evenly between replacing the lines and repaving the streets…

Nearly 20,000 feet of water lines still need to be replaced, with about 10,000 slated for this year. The projects are prioritized based on where the worst leaks are. Trustee Jason Bock said it’s critically important to replace the lines in the 2009 project, particularly on the south side of town, because the leaky system does not provide adequate flow for fire protection. Trustee Grant Burger III also pointed out that the town’s water treatment plant is running at about 120 percent of capacity to compensate for leaks in the system. In the long run, Soltis said that means the plant will have to replaced sooner unless demands on it can be reduced. Town officials in the past have estimated the antiquated steel pipe system is leaking about 50 percent of the treated water into the ground, which is down from an estimated 67 percent since last year’s projects were completed.


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