Rockwell storm sewer project takes a step back

The City of Rockwell’s plans to renovate the city’s storm sewer are going back to the drawing board after the city council chose to reject both bids for the project during their regular meeting on Wednesday, May 15.

The project faced a major problem at the previous meeting when bids were opened, with the low bid asking for $1.111 million, exceeding the $1.03 million that the city had bonded for even before additional expenses could be taken into account. This left the council with few good options to proceed.

One option for the city would be to cut out the secondary aspect of the project. While the main section would install a storm sewer pipeline running from City Hall down to the golf course creek, a secondary project would extend the pipeline north to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Cutting out the second phase would reduce the price by roughly $237,000, bringing it within the projected budget.

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