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Council hires firm for sewer cleaning, ends agreement for river project

Council hires firm for sewer cleaning, ends agreement for river project

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City of Plattsmouth

PLATTSMOUTH – The Iowa firm of Utilities Service Group was awarded a contract by the Plattsmouth City Council on Monday evening for performing a major sewer cleanup and inspection project during the next five years.

“We’ve used them before and they did an excellent job for us,” said Mayor Paul Lambert.

Proposals were received by five contractors and were evaluated on cost, schedule, qualifications, experience and references.

USG listed its estimated cost for cleaning and inspection services in the first year at between $16,500 and $24,000, based on a minimum of 10,000 linear feet and a maximum of 15,000 linear feet.

The cost for doing more heavy-duty services would be determined at the time those services are performed.

“It was the best bid and they have the type of equipment we need, large equipment that can cut the time to do the work,” Lambert said. “It will save the taxpayers the most money.”

The council approved the USG proposal on a 7-0 vote with Steve Riese absent.

The project is scheduled to start on Oct. 1 of this year.

The overall plan is for USG to conduct sewer cleaning and inspection of approximately 68,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer collection mains and manholes inside the city limits over a five-year term.

“The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) told us to get it done,” Lambert said.

In other action, the council on a unanimous vote approved the termination of an agreement the city made several years ago with the developer of a proposed commercial campground and marina subdivision on the Missouri Riverfront.

According to Lambert, the developer, One Schmore, L.L.C., was to install dozens of R.V. lots, plus a campsite, a clubhouse and other features along the river around the marina.

The developer even started that project in early 2019, Lambert said.

Then, the historic flood hit.

“The flood demolished everything,” Lambert said. “There was too much damage to overcome.”

The city and One Schmore both realized such a development was no longer viable, according to Lambert.

The city will now take over ownership of that land again in early June.

Eventually, the city plans to install a small RV area and a city park with money coming from the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), Lambert said.

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