City Council approves Erwin Farm pump station contract

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W.K. Dickson to provide engineering services for project

By Jesef Williams

Jesef Williams
The city of Lancaster is moving ahead with plans to upgrade one if its pump stations.
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, June 11, to approve a contract with W.K. Dickson for engineering services.
The company will provide planning and project management for the pump station-improvement project in the Erwin Farm area.
This is one of the city’s 17 pump (or lift) stations, which help move wastewater through areas where slopes and elevations won’t allow it to flow naturally.
All wastewater flows into the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Lockwood Lane. It’s then prepared to be pumped back into the Catawba River.
As part of the contract, W.K. Dickson will also provide design surveys and mapping, engineering design, permitting, construction bidding, construction administration, construction observation and grant administration.
The city has budgeted $100,000 for those services.
The approval of the contract comes on the heels of news that the city has received a $350,000 grant from the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The city has agreed to match the grant with $172,000 of its own money.
The $172,000 is part of the city’s 2013-14 budget.
The project will more than double the amount of wastewater the Erwin Farm pump station can handle. City staff didn’t give dates for when the project will start and end. The contract, though, says construction will take between eight and 13 months.
L&C’s request
Steve Gedney of L&C Railroad spoke during the Tuesday meeting, again asking City Council members if they will be willing to allow L&C to receive special revenue tax credits. The company would use the savings to upgrade its rail lines in the county.
Council took no action on the matter Tuesday, though Gedney encouraged council to do so at its next meeting.
“We would like to see a resolution for the city’s participation,” Gedney said. “We certainly hope that you would support our request.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152