New Auburn water projects’ low bids total $$1,389,000

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Bids for New Auburn’s new water tower and water treatment facility came in just slightly above preliminary estimates last week.

General Construction Services, Stillwater, was the apparent low bidder on the elevated water storage tank (water tower) with a bid of $439,000.

DiMar Construction of Excel-sior submitted the low bid on the water treatment facility at $950,000.

If approved by the New Auburn City Council, the projects’ total cost will be at $1,389,000

There were four bidders for the water tower project. Bids ranged to $498,740 from a Kentucky firm.

Five sought the water treatment facility contract where the high bid was listed $1,073,000.

The projects are the result of testing that showed the community’s water supply contained more arsenic that standard levels allow.

A pre-construction meeting with bidders and engineers is planned for June 15. New Auburn City Clerk Eugene Grack explained that it would not be until that time that it could be determined if construction would begin this summer or in 2007. He hoped construction would begin as soon as possible.

The projects have been given high priority by the State of Minnesota which qualifies New Auburn for 1.1% interest loans over a 20-year period.

In addition, Grack said there is the possibility that New Auburn could qualify for Disadvantaged Cities Grant of up to $500,000.

The new water tower will have a capacity of 100,000 gallons. The present 20,000 steel storage tank will be sold, if possible.

New Auburn pumps about 26,000 gallons daily from its wells.

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