City Mulls $1.3 Million Addition to Sewer Plant

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The city is considering adding $1.3 million to sewer contract to construct two additional pipelines under Highway 156.

Hollister
– The city may add $1.3 million to a firm’s contract to build
the new wastewater treatment plant.
Hollister – The city may add $1.3 million to a firm’s contract to build the new wastewater treatment plant.

According to an engineering department report on the contract – held by C. Overaa and Company – the money would go toward construction of two pipelines under Highway 156 to connect the plant with seasonal storage ponds.

City Manager Clint Quilter said the change won’t affect the overall project cost. Even if C. Overaa didn’t build the pipes, another company would have to do it, he said.

“They’re out there and they can get it done,” Quilter said.

The city recently went out to bid on the storage ponds designed to hold treated wastewater during the rainy season. They are estimated to cost $20 million.

Even with the change order, C. Overaa’s total payment of $58.3 million is well below the city’s estimate of $71.3 million. Quilter has said reduced construction costs may eventually lead to lower sewer rates for Hollister residents.

The City Council will vote on the change order at its meeting Monday. The meeting begins at 6:30pm at City Hall at 375 Fifth Street.

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