WPU awards bid for McMillan Street reconstruction

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Water & Light Commission on Monday awarded a bid to Duininck, Inc., for reconstruction of the North McMillan Street water main.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Water & Light Commission on Monday awarded a bid to Duininck, Inc., for reconstruction of the North McMillan Street water main. 

The work, to be done between Oxford Street and Ryan’s Road, will require a detour for a time, but it won’t be excessive, said Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain.
Duininck submitted the lowest of three bids received for the work at $297,744.84, which was nearly 15 percent below the engineer’s estimate. Hain said the entire project is now anticipated to cost $50,000 to $100,000 under budget.
The reconstruction project will impede access to businesses along McMillan Street, particularly those closest to Oxford Street, Hain added.

Meanwhile, pavement restoration projects are planned in several other areas of town where water, sewer and storm sewer work was previously done. Hain said projects will be on Nobles Street, as well as Elmwood, Omaha and Smith avenues. The commission approved the advertisement of bids for the project.
Hain noted that pavement restoration on Rose Avenue will not be done this year due to the demolition costs from last year’s work being significantly higher than what was budgeted. As a result, he said the project will be added to the 2017 budget.
In other business, the commission:

  • Recognized Worthington Public Utilities for receiving first place in its group for the American Public Power Association Safety Award. This is the 10th consecutive year WPU has earned first place, and the 14th time in 17 years it has received the award.
  • Welcomed Lyle Ten Haken as a new commission member, replacing Randy Thompson. Also, since Thompson had been chairman of the commission, Gary Hoffman moved into that role.
  • Approved the declaration of a 1984 Chevrolet truck as surplus property so that it can be sold. Hain said the WPU purchased a 2003 International to take its place in the fleet, and the tank and equipment from the 1984 truck has been transferred to the 2003 model.
  • Approved the 2015 Consumer Confidence Report on the city’s water supply. The information will be included with the June billing to WPU customers.
  • Received an update on well levels. In each of the past three weeks, Well 26 has lost ground to average, but Hain said he is not concerned because water levels are still well above normal.

Meanwhile, legislation in St. Paul for funding to complete the Lewis & Clark project to Worthington is “swimming along nicely,” Hain said.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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