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Upgrade of sewer system approved
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Some residents in the city of McMinnville will be flushed with a $1.1 million sewer system upgrade.

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a bid of $1.1 million from Portland Utilities Construction Company LLC. 

Funding a portion of the underground endeavor will be a 2020 Sewer System Rehab CDBG Grant totaling $630,000.

The bid was first considered by the city Water and Sewer Committee before being sent for final approval by the board. 

“There were six bidders who picked up but only one bid was received,” said Zeta Hillis, representing James C. Hailey & Company. “Their bid was for $1,189,135 even. That was a little bit more than what we were anticipating, but Nathaniel (Green, engineer with James C. Hailey & Company) has already spoken to the contractor and he is willing to work with us, if we get in there and see some things that we can do to save money.”

Pipe bursting and total replacement is included in the project. 

“The total replacement is approximately 6,000 feet of sewer pipe,” said Hillis. “It will be in the Sunnyside Heights, Pepper Branch, Old Morrison Road, behind Papa Johns, and Lagoon Drive where we tested and there were quite a few failures there.”

The CDBG total grant is $630,000, with a match of $80,000 from McMinnville Water Department. Because the project came in over budget, the department must also contribute the extra funds unless cost savings can be uncovered as the sewer project progresses.