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Major Sewer Line Needs Work

Main street repairs needed in Plattsmouth. The sewer pipe was damaged and is being replaced. In January, Cedar Construction Company was the low base bidder at $99,473 to repair 50 feet of the sewer interceptor break. After work began on that section and there was a closed circuit televised inspection, it was discovered another 125 feet of the pipe was damaged by last summer’s prolonged flooding of the Missouri River at Plattsmouth.

The wastewater treatment plant has remained out-of-service since the line broke last June. The plant has been cleaned out and can be put back online when the interceptor pipe project is completed.

The Cassgram reports the city was aware of the likelihood there could be more work needed and awarded the contract with authorization for possible additional work to proceed after engineers and Cedar Construction consulted with city officials.

Replacing the additional pipe was approved by the mayor on February 16th.

The $44,000 change order was approved by the city council on Monday (2/20), but councilmen voiced some concerns in general about recent project overruns.

“We’re getting pressure” from the taxpaying public about change orders adding to the cost of projects, said Councilman Terry D. Tilson.

Since the sewer line was damaged by what has been declared a federal disaster, the city is anticipating 75% reimbursement through federal channels and 12.5% reimbursement from the state. City Administrator Erv Portis said that even though there were suspicions about more pipe being broken, the city needed to conform with FEMA guidelines. Handling the change order after a TV inspection is “a way of assuring we get federal reimbursement,” said Portis.


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