Purdy Council awards sewer construction contract

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Addition to deal with Monett adds assurance for USDA

The Purdy City Council awarded the construction contract for the sewer project to Monett in a special meeting last week, following action by the Monett City Council in another special session.

The Monett City Council acted the previous day in response to a new stipulation requested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, which is offering grant and loan money to pay for the $3 million project.

Monett City Administrator Dennis Pyle explained Rural requested that the agreement, stipulating charges for treating Purdy’s sewage, remain in place as long as Rural Development was still owed money by Purdy. Terms of the agreement were implied to stand until further notice. The ordinance, passed by the Monett Council, completed guarantees thought necessary to secure repayment.

With Monett’s agreement in hand, Purdy aldermen approved the supplement to the agreement with Monett, then voted to approve the construction contract. Engineers with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, after reviewing the 11 bids, recommended Rosetta Construction of Springfield, which submitted the low bid of $1,817,893.

Mayor Bo Prock told council members that he received calls about the bid, urging him to research the company further. Personally, he said he was delighted with the second low bidder proposing a $2.2 million price, so another bid $400,000 lower was especially sweet. He consulted with Chris Erisman, chief engineer for Purdy’s project with Allgeier, Martin, who reported there had been two very similar projects on which Rosetta bid. Both had issues, minor, that were “fixed on the spot.”

Prock talked to representatives from those towns himself and said he had no reservations recommending the bid. He did ask that if any changes occurred in the construction process, such as the size of the rock used for bedding, that the contractor would have to inform him about it, and council members would have to agree.

With that reassurance, aldermen passed the contract, setting construction into motion, which is expected to take around a year.

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