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City Council to consider infrastructure improvements in new Willmar, Minn., industrial park

WILLMAR — A Willmar City Council committee is recommending design work take place for removing an aging sanitary sewer lift station and extending a sewer line in the new industrial park.

The council’s Public Works/Safety Committee voted this week to recommend the council amend a professional services contract with Donohue and Associates of Willmar to design the lift station and sewer work. The city is developing a new industrial park in the old airport site.

Donohue is already under contract with the city to design the planned western interceptor sewer line, which will be built along Kandiyohi County Road 5 and will improve sewer service to the northwestern area of the city and new industrial park.

The additional design work will cost $19,675 and will be paid with local option sales tax funds. Bruce Peterson, acting public works director, said the city has the funds.

Joshua Halverson, Donohue and Associates project manager, said the airport lift station was constructed in 1963 and is past its design usefulness.

The lift station will be removed and will be replaced with a 2,400-foot sewer line proposed for construction in the boulevard along Airport Drive Southwest. The line would continue west and connect with the interceptor sewer along County Road 5.

Halvorson said the line is actually an extension of the interceptor sewer and will serve the area located in the first phase of the new industrial park development. Wastewater will flow by gravity to the interceptor sewer, he said.

The council will consider the committee’s recommendation Monday night.

In other business, the committee recommended the council solicit requests for proposals for engineering design and construction-related services for demolition and replacement of the Sperryville lift station located at the corner of Ella Avenue and Hawaii Street Northeast.

A lift station pumps wastewater from one underground pipe to another.

Colleen Thompson, wastewater treatment facility superintendent, said the lift station was built in the 1950s or earlier and has several deficiencies, including safety concerns and a lack of parts for outdated pumps and equipment, and it does not meet electrical code.

She said an infrastructure management plan prepared by Donohue in 2007 for the wastewater treatment facility recommended replacing the lift station in 2010. She said the city is behind on some of the recommendations, but she said construction of the new wastewater treatment facility took priority.

Now that the new facility is completed, she recommends the city move forward with the lift station project. Thompson said the 2013 wastewater collections budget includes $54,100 for professional services and $275,000 for construction.

Also during this week’s meeting, the committee approved an agreement with Bolton and Menk of Willmar for design and construction-related services for completion of Willmar Avenue Southwest through the new industrial park and for construction of the Fourth Avenue Southwest cul-de-sac in the industrial park.

Peterson said the design contract is needed because the city has not hired a new professional engineer and staff members do not have the capability to get the work done.

The agreement would obligate the city to a maximum of $47,000 in design and construction-related services for the Fourth Avenue project and $115,000 for design and construction-related services for Willmar Avenue.

In related business, the committee approved an agreement with Kandiyohi County to share the cost of construction-related items on the Willmar Avenue project.

Also, the committee voted to approve plans and specifications and call for bids for 2013 improvement projects.

David Little
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