10/27/04 — Sewer bids come in over-budget in Pikeville

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Sewer bids come in over-budget in Pikeville

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on October 27, 2004 2:01 PM

PIKEVILLE -- It appears that a Goldsboro company is the low-bidder for Pikeville's plans to build a new sewer plant.

T.A. Loving Co. in Goldsboro offered a price of $2,769,000.

The other bidders were Dellinger Inc. of Monroe at $3,789,901 and Laughlin-Sutton Construction of Greensboro at $2,884,300.

These numbers have not been reviewed by Tyndall Lewis of McDavid Associates, the town's engineer. Town officials opened the bids Tuesday.

But Lewis said the bids exceeded the money budgeted for the project. He expects that the project will be reduced or additional funding will be sought by the town. The details concerning that have not been developed, said Lewis.

It will take up to 90 days to look over the bids. Then the contract will be awarded and construction can begin, said Town Clerk Kathie Fields. It will then take at least a year for the new plant to be built.

Lewis recommended that the plant's capacity be expanded from 99,000 to 140,000 gallons a day. He submitted the revised construction plans to the state, which were approved.

The increased capacity means the town needs to purchase additional land, and the town's attorney, Jean Hollowell, is going through the legal process to buy it.

The town received $3 million from the N.C. Division of Water Quality, and it agreed to give the town a $150,000 low-interest loan for the project.

The grant will help build a new sewage treatment plant, upgrade the older pipes, refurbish the old water tower and increase the size of the town's waste spray field.

The project also would use treated wastewater for irrigation.

The town has pledged an additional $50,000 and it received $400,000 from the N.C. Rural Center. The town has $3.6 million total for the project. Lewis said the town can still seek money during construction.