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Posted on Jul 21, 2016

2 street-related projects to begin

With the approval of two bids at Tuesday’s Quincy City Council meeting, the city will soon begin two street-related projects.
The city will spend $903,521 on the 6th Avenue Northeast roadway and utility improvements project. The bid was awarded to Advanced Excavation LLC of Moses Lake.
The project, which was expected to cost about $1 million, includes city water main improvements, sidewalk and roadway improvements, and the addition of a parking lot at a small park in that northeast neighborhood.
The council also will spend $94,766 on a sidewalk improvement project along southeast portions of Highway 281 (near the Highway 28 intersection) and F Street Southeast. That bid was awarded to Kamstra Construction LLC of Ephrata.
The project includes about 1,100 linear feet of concrete in areas that don’t have sidewalks, said Ariel Bolino, city engineer.
The sidewalk project was sent out for bids three times this year. The city council in May threw out the first bid, which came in at more than $175,000.
A second round of bids in June garnered only two bids, the lowest of which was submitted by Councilman Josey Ferguson on behalf of Ferguson Concrete and Excavation. Ferguson is a full-time employee with the company, which is owned by his parents. The council again threw out both bids, opting to call for bids on the project for a third time. The third call drew four bidders.
Both the 6th Avenue Northeast project and the side improvement project were budgeted for this year by the city council.
In other city business, the city will begin vacating city hall by the end of the month in preparation for its renovation, said Mayor Jim Hemberry. The city’s financial offices will be moved to the public services building across the street, where they are expected to stay for about a year while city hall is renovated into storage space for the police department. The former library, adjacent to city hall, will be renovated into office space for the city’s administration.
Residents will be able to pay their city bills at the public services building next month.
The city, with the Port of Quincy, also has begun investigating whether the industrial wastewater treatment plant could be turned over to the port district, City Administrator Tim Snead told the council.
A group of industrial users approached the port recently, asking that it consider the transfer, port commissioners said at their meeting last week. The users were concerned with the time it takes to facilitate growth of that plant, said Brian Kuest, port commissioner.
It makes sense for the port to take over the plant’s operation; however, the port must first conduct its due diligence, including investigating the condition of the plant, port Commissioner Curt Morris said.
The industrial wastewater treatment plant, located on the southwest side of town, was built using money from its users.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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