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City Council selects contractor for Air-Rail Park sewer work

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By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster has selected which contractor will install the water and sewer infrastructure at the Air-Rail Industrial Park.

At its Tuesday, July 9 meeting, City Council unanimously voted to award a bid to Dellinger Inc. of Monroe, N.C.

The company’s work will include the placement of sewer lines and a water pump (lift) station at the new park near the county airport off S.C. 9.

State Utility Contractors of Monroe, Trussell Bros. of Columbia and Turner Murphy of Rock Hill also submitted project bids.

Dellinger’s bid – which was the lowest of the four – totaled $912,464. However, $183,050 is being removed from the bid – bringing the price down to $729,414.

Brian Tripp of engineering firm W.K. Dickson, who’s overseeing the project, said that money was targeted for a second pump station. But because right now there’s only one company (Fancy Pokket) already planning to occupy the park, that second pump station isn’t needed.

“We’ve pulled that out,” Tripp said. “There’s no use in constructing that right now.” 

Lancaster County and the city of Lancaster are partnering to develop the park. The county has put forth $305,825 for the water and sewer infrastructure while the city has appropriated $759,000 for the work.

City Council initially approved the money last year. It’s been carried over to the city’s 2013-14 budget. 

Other park action

In related action Tuesday, City Council also voted unanimously to revise its agreement with Lancaster County regarding the park infrastructure. 

City Administrator Helen Sowell said at time of the agreement, the two entities had applied for an Economic Development Assistance (EDA) grant. 

They failed to win the award for the first cycle of funding and withdrew from consideration for the second round because of timing, Sowell said.

“In other words, we couldn’t wait to begin construction until a second round of awards was decided,” Sowell said. “Due to the fact that Fancy Pokket hopes to occupy their building in December, we had to move forward quickly with construction of the water and sewer.”

The revised agreement deletes the reference to the EDA grant and the accompanying expense for its oversight.

 

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152