City and county finalize contract for new plant
By Jason Stuart
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The City of Glendive and Dawson County officially approved the contract between them for funding the construction and long-term operation and maintenance of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday.
The Glendive City Council voted unanimously to approve the contract Tuesday night. The Dawson County Commissioners had done so that morning.
“We appreciate the county commissioners moving forward on their end so we can complete this massive joint project,” Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison said just before the council’s vote.
City Director of Operations Kevin Dorwart said he thought the contract, which is in force for 35 years, represented a “fair contract for both sides.”
County Commissioner Adam Gartner said after the city vote he was pleased the deal was done.
“We’ve worked on this since 2009, and we’ve finally reached an agreement with all the bumps and everything we’ve encountered, and I think in the long run, this is going to be the best thing for the whole community,” Gartner said.
With the contract’s final approval, the county is now contractually obligated to pay 30.7 percent of the city’s cost for the new plant, which will cover West Glendive’s projected use of the facility, as well as an initial rate of 30.7 percent of the ongoing operation and maintenance costs of the facility. That number will adjust to reflect actual county usage over the course of the contract.
With the contract between the city and county now approved and signed, however, there is no turning back for the county.
In addition to approving the contract, the county commissioners took additional steps at their Tuesday morning meeting to move forward with the connection to the new wastewater plant.
Commissioners unanimously approved a “notice to proceed” amendment agreement with Great West Engineering — the lead engineer on the wastewater plant — to move forward with the final design of the infrastructure required to connect the West Glendive sewage system to the city’s.
That infrastructure primarily consists of a lift station and transfer pipe to bring the county’s sewage across the river. The cost for that infrastructure has been estimated at $2.9 million.
The schedule calls for the county to begin construction on their connection infrastructure in the second quarter of 2015, with completion targeted for before the wastewater plant’s construction is completed, which is scheduled for April 2016.
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