Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Infrastructure improvements still occurring

March 5, 2003

Baldwin's infrastructure improvement projects are all progressing as they should according to Utility Director Terry McKinney.

McKinney updated the Baldwin City Council Monday on the city's three capital improvement projects -- the new wastewater treatment plant, the water distribution system project and the new power plant.

He said the wastewater treatment plant project, which includes the construction of two 490,000 gallon trains or units which process waste, is about 94 percent complete.

The original completion date had been Jan. 29, but because of city requested change orders, the completion date was moved to March 20.

McKinney said it should be completed by that date and is within the $2.76 million budget.

"It's moving along real good," he said. "There are already several pieces that have been tested out for operation."

The water distribution system project includes the construction of two new water towers and the installation of a main line from Baker Street to 10th Street to Elm Street to the new water tower near Lawrence Street.

McKinney said the water tower contractors are on site and expect the first water tower, near the new elementary school, to be completed by July 1. The second water tower, near Signal Oak, should be constructed by the end of this year.

He said the project was originally estimated at $2.257 million, but currently the project is expected to cost less than $1.8 million.

McKinney said the 6.3 megawatt power plant has had a few delays. The primary cause of the delay, he said, was because the land wasn't purchased until November.

But the $5.1 million plant, which is being built on the south side of town next to the wastewater treatment plant, is expected to be completed late this year.

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