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Granite Falls City Council approves $10.5 million bid for water treatment plant

GRANITE FALLS -- Construction will get under way this year on a new water treatment plant in Granite Falls.

City Council members on Monday approved a base bid of $10,532,800 by Rice Lake Construction Group to construct a new lime-softening water treatment plant for the municipal system, said City Manager Bill Lavin.

The awarded bid is nearly $1 million below the engineer's estimate for the project. The city is obtaining grant funds and low-interest financing through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development for the project.

The new plant will be located on land above the 100-year floodplain near the existing water treatment plant. It will replace a plant that is located along the Minnesota River and vulnerable to flooding. The existing plant is also considered near the end of its useful life.

In other business at the meeting Monday, City Council members approved investing in the CAPX electrical transmission project for $1,306,817 -- the city's portion of the Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency share in the transmission project. The city is a member of Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, which will finance the investment.

The city through its investment will own a portion of the transmission infrastructure that delivers power to the city's municipal electric distribution system.

Doing so allows the city to hedge against expected increases in the costs for transmitting electricity to the city. The city will receive a portion of the tariff charges for transmission on the line to finance its investment in the project.

In other business, council members discussed a public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall to inform residents about flood preparation efforts.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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