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Contractor selected

 


At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the board of directors of the Upper Platte River Solid Waste Disposal Districts (Landfill board), selected a contractor for the construction of the new solid waste transfer station.

The board selected Savery Creek Enterprises to construct the transfer station. Savery Creek’s estimate was not the lowest received by the board, but Craig Kopasz, an engineer for Engineering Associates and a consultant to the board, told the board that the other lower bid was too low, saying some items like the concrete cost were not priced realistically. After these issues were raised, the company withdrew their bid Kopasz said.

The board members debated the costs of certain specifications in the bid, with board chair Randy Raymer saying some of the specifications were “overengineered,” and could be built just as well with less money. After discussions between Raymer, Kopasz and other board members, the board voted to offer the contract to Savery Creek Enterprises with the changes to the specifications made by the board.

The construction of the transfer station is required in order to phase out use of the landfill outside Saratoga. When the transfer station is built and the landfill closed, refuse from Valley towns will be loaded into trucks and shipped to other locations where it will be disposed of.

The board also accepted disposal contracts from Valley towns. The board briefly discussed the recent 10 percent increase in rates which went up, in part, anticipation of expenditures for the transfer station project. Customers would see their first increase on the bills they receive in August, Raymer said.

The next meeting of the landfill board will be held at 7 p.m., August 3 at Saratoga Town Hall.

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