Sewer update today

Camp Verde Sanitary District could still be in the ball game to complete its sewer expansion project.

The district is currently waiting for lender Rural Development to respond to Bond Counsel Fred Rosenfeld's request to proceed with Contracts 1 and 2, as bid. This will enable the district to get started.

District officials were dismayed when recently learning that the all three bids were over $7 million higher than originally projected. Most unexpected was the high cost for Contract 3 (plant, etc.) with only one bid coming in at under $10 million.

The status of the plant portion of the upgrade will be considered by the board at its regular meeting Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

The district wants to have an engineer (who would act as technical advisor) review the calculations and apply the new systems' applicability and costs before they proceed with plant plans.

If the district can start Contracts 1 and 2 while the engineer does the redesign (estimated at four weeks), the district might then be able to meet a critical deadline in December to begin installing pipelines past the Verde Ditch while it is still dry.

In the meantime, the Town Council has scheduled a work session on Oct. 21 to discuss Rural Development and other lenders. It is unknown at this time, if the meeting is directly related to the sewer expansion project.

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