Corcoran sewer bids under estimate; Council nears bid approval

The Corcoran City Council was informed that sewer and water project bids are under the city engineer’s estimate.

The council also heard an update regarding the new public works site.


In discussing the sewer and water bid opening, city administrator Dan Donahue said in his memo to Mayor Ken Guenthner and the council that "the low bid appears to be slightly below the engineer’s estimate."

Although the bids were received, Donahue and city attorney Jeff Carson recommended the council hold off on awarding bids until necessary easements and/or right of entry documents have been obtained from the impacted property owners.

Donahue later said, "We want to make sure we have rights of entry so we can start digging. We’re still negotiating with property owners on the final settlement of easements."

City engineer Kent Torve’s project estimate was $1.2 million. The S. R. Wiedema company submitted the low bid at $1,168,054. He said the bid includes construction of the water main from Maple Grove and the sewer extension.

"Construction cost for the city is currently $966,004 or approximately $1 million to $1.1 million, assuming some changes during construction," Torve said in his memo.

The council agreed to hold off bid approval until June 28 at the earliest. Torve said the bid award could take place June 28 pending the Maple Grove water agreement and easement acquisition or right of entries to allow construction.

Once bids are approved, construction would soon commence.


In other news, the council was updated regarding the public works site proposed at Roehlke property at County Rd. 19.

The city and the Roehlkes reached agreement on a land price, but are negotiating such issues as where the facility would be located.

City engineer Torve provided the following summary: