Delmont sewer project decision on hold
Delmont officials have delayed awarding a contract for a sewage plant replacement project that will cost nearly one year's borough budget.
Bids came in more than $100,000 higher than anticipated for work on the oft-malfunctioning Cramer Pump Station.
Lone Pine Construction of Bentleyville was the low bidder on the project, offering to complete the work for $882,600.
The borough's annual budget is about $950,000.
Council President Jim Bortz said officials are working to obtain a loan to fund the project; however, that process has been slowed by the high bid amount. Engineers initially expected the project to cost between $650,000 and $777,000.
The project is nearly 20 years in the making, officials said.
The pump station — located in Salem but which processes sewage for most of Delmont — has had many problems in recent years.
Most recently, officials had to change the chemicals treating the sewage after several residents complained about a strong smell of sewer gas permeating their properties.
Officials plan to install a new wet well between the ramp and existing pump station, a new generator and a new roof. Four pumps also will be replaced. The new system would be gravity-based, rather than pressure-based, officials said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection requires that the revamped pump station include surface pumps, which will enable workers to access the system without going 30 feet underground.
Engineer Gary Baird said the bids will be reviewed during the coming weeks, and said the contract could be awarded in September, if a loan is obtained.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627 or email@example.com.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.