Sewer extension project approved

A favorable bidding climate saved Pasco more than $91,000 on a public works project.

Rotschy of Vancouver, Wash., bid $241,750.25 plus sales tax for a sewer extension project that had an engineer's estimate of $332,759, according to city documents.

The Pasco City Council unanimously approved hiring the contractor Monday.

The project involves installing about 3,600 linear feet of sanitary sewer and trench patching in east Pasco between Lewis and A streets and Elm and Cedar avenues, according to city documents.

Seven of the eight companies submitted bids that were under the engineer's estimate.

-- Also Monday: The city council approved the purchase of pipe for a water project to improve water service and create a loop system at Highway 395 and Foster Wells Road.

The council previously had thrown out bids for the entire water project twice because the costs were more than the engineer's estimate of $173,000.

Staff decided to bid the piping for the project separately to get the pipe cheaper than what the contractors were estimating.

The price for the pipe from J.D. Fields & Co. was $125.22 per linear foot, not including sales tax, according to the report. It was the lowest of 24 quotes received.

Councilman Al Yenney said he appreciated staff efforts to save the city money.