Christmas came early to Town of Lake City staff, and to Lake City environs as well, with glad tidings of the awarding of a grant to fund an impending sewer line project, slated to hopefully break ground this spring as soon as the ground thaws.
Town Manager Caroline Mitchell tells WORLD that an $808,000 grant has been awarded through Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and energy impact funds to replace aging and compromised sewer line pipes around town.
Public Works Director Greg Levine, Mayor Bruce Vierheller and Town Engineer Joanne Fagan travelled earlier this year to Burlington, Colorado to present the project to DOLA, and were ultimately awarded the funding.
Mitchell reports that the sewer line project is estimated to cost $1.6-million, and that the remaining half of that amount will be covered with loan funds from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). An additional grant for design and engineering has also been awarded in the amount of $87,000 from CDPHE; this amount will be immediately forgiven upon the closing of the loan.
Requests for Proposals (RFP) were issued earlier this month. Wno contractors submitting bids, Mitchell says a new RFP will be advertised early in 2019.
Mitchell further informs WORLD that once a contractor is hired, project plans will move forward and logistical details will be worked out as far as when and where the project will break ground.
She explains that the continued underground infrastructure work is an extension of the recently finished waterline replacement project, all of which must be completed before work can move forward with the eventual and much-anticipated in-town street paving project.