Purdy sewer project draws 11 bidders

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Engineers Bob Sell, left, and Chris Erisman, right, from Allgeier, Martin and Associates, opened bids on Jan. 18 at Purdy City Hall for the city’s sewer construction project to Monett. Murray Bishoff/Cassville Democrat

Cost for project likely to drop with low bids submitted

City officials in Purdy were pleased to open 11 bids from area contractors for the sewer construction project that will run a six-mile pipeline from the city to Monett’s wastewater treatment plant.

The project was estimated to cost $3.3 million. Bids ranged from $1.8 million to $3.4 million. Voters approved a $4.6 million bond issue in November 2015 to have enough funds available.

“We knew there were a lot of line contractors looking for work,” said Chris Erisman, main engineer on the project with Allgeier, Martin and Associates in Joplin. “This is great.”

The contractor offering the lowest base bid was Rosetta Construction of Springfield at $1,817,893. The second-lowest bidder was Southard Construction of Joplin at $2,259,727.18. Hartman and Company of Springfield, which just completed the new Business Highway 60 bridge east of Monett, was the third-lowest bidder at $2,382,611.90.

The high bidder was Kraus Construction of Fort Smith, Ark., the most distant at $3,460,828. Area bidders ranged from Poplar Bluff to Branson and Joplin to Nevada.

Erisman expected to take about a week to review the numbers from the bidders and prepare a recommendation. Once that was ready, Mayor Bo Prock said he would call a special meeting to award a construction contract. City Clerk Debbie Redshaw said the meeting should be scheduled in the coming week and will include signing funding papers with U.S.D.A. Rural Development and having the engineers review all of the agreement with Monett to ensure all the arrangements have been completed.

The sewer main, once it reaches Monett, will run along Dairy Street, go under Highway 37 and over to the wastewater treatment plant. According to Kevin Sprenkle, with Anderson Engineering who handles projects for the City of Monett, the sewer pipeline will offer an opportunity to resolve a longstanding problem for businesses on the south side of Dairy Street in Monett.

None of those businesses have sewer service, as no sewer mains exist on Dairy Street. The dairy plant discharges on the north side of its plant to its sewer pretreatment operation west of Highway 37. Those businesses will be able to hook onto the Purdy main.

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