Lakeview Village Council approves sewer pond bid

By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 8:03 pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s sewer polishing pond has been slowing eroding over the last few years.

On Monday night, the Lakeview Village Council decided to fix it.

Lakeview Village President Ed Winter, at left, and Village Manager Jake Eckholm listen as the council discusses which company to hire for a sewer pond project during Monday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The polishing pond is the final stop for sewage before going back into the water table. An official with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently reviewed the pond and recommended repairing a section of soil lying on top of the clay-lined basin.

“This pond is more subject to bank erosion because its water level does not fluctuate as often as the other treatment ponds, so the prevailing winds tend to push the current into the eastern bank,” Village Manager Jake Eckholm said. “We will be repairing the bank and layering it with stone to ensure that the clay liner is not compromised.”

The village received bids from Pitcher Perfect Excavating in Lakeview, Robbert Construction in Lakeview and Lakeview Sand & Gravel in Lakeview for the project. Eckholm recommended using Pitcher Perfect Excavating because they had the lowest bid.

“Pitcher Perfect Excavating has been awarded the project with a bid of $4,000,” Eckholm said. “The official motion sets the project cost as not to exceed $5,800, as this project in particular is difficult to estimate regarding materials. Some of the section to be repaired is submerged, and the erosion is not consistent throughout the project area.”

Robbert Construction’s bid was $5,800, and Lakeview Sand & Gravel’s bid was $9,750.

Pitcher Perfect Excavating’s original bid came in at $4,000, not to exceed $6,000. Council members were concerned the project might end up costing $6,000, which would no longer be the lowest bid. They ultimately approved Pitcher Perfect Excavating’s bid, but not to exceed $5,800.

The project will repair the north and east part of the sewer polishing pond, which would end up being about two-thirds of the pond, and contractors will complete the job within the next 10 days, according to the schedule.

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