Sewage Improvement Projects Progressing, Sterling Town Manager Reports – Sterling Journal-Advocate

Improvements to Sterling’s sewage collection facility are about halfway done, City Manager Kevin Blankenship told Sterling City Council on Tuesday.

In an update on various projects around the city, Blankenship noted the progress of the project, which is one of three projects to improve the city’s wastewater treatment system. Work at the intake facility will address flooding vulnerabilities identified during the 2013 South Platte River flood, which prompted a week-long no-drain order for city residents.

A second phase of wastewater improvement should start soon. Blankenship noted that a pre-construction kick-off meeting is scheduled for Thursday on the main pipeline project. This project will include the construction of a second pipeline to carry waste from the water intake facility across the river to the city’s sewage treatment plant, as well as upgrades to the existing discharge line.

Blankenship said there are also three trail projects in the works; final elevation measurements are taken on a trail along East Chestnut for submission to the Colorado Department of Transportation; engineering work is being finalized for the first phase of the Pioneer Ditch Trail; and the city is preparing to reapply for funding for the second phase of this trail project. The city is also preparing a request for proposals to update its security cameras at city-owned facilities.

Council moved forward with another municipal project, accepting a bid from Dream Builders Inc. for a water main replacement project that will replace over 3,000 linear feet of water mains at three different locations in the city. Lakewood’s offer of $797,967 was the only one received. Director of Public Works George Good said the project would involve lines on S. 11th Avenue from Beattie to Delmar, N. Second Avenue from West Main to Platte and Villa Vista from Plainview to Valley Drive.

The city did not solicit bids for a managed services agreement for information technology support, but instead negotiated a new agreement with Platinum Technology, LLC, with the existing agreement expiring next month. Blankenship noted that Platinum has provided IT support for several years and “has proprietary knowledge (of the city’s IT system) of the services it has provided”, so “it would not be practical or beneficial to call tenders for the required services.

Under the new agreement, which takes effect Feb. 10, the city will pay a monthly service fee of $11,376. Fees under the original agreement, which was reached in February 2016, were $9,450 per month. The new agreement is valid for one year and will automatically renew for another year unless terminated by either party.

In other cases counsel:

  • Listened to a presentation by Rosemary and Lee Roth from the Logan County Coalition on Aging, who explained the survey conducted by the volunteer group. Rosemary Roth encouraged council members to complete the survey and spread the word to their constituents within their neighborhoods so the group can reach its goal of 5,000 completed surveys. Surveys are available online at several local businesses and organizations have hard copies available.
  • Approved an application for a special event permit from Sterling Elks Lodge, for the annual Hospice of the Plains on February 5.
  • Approval of transfer of Sam & Louie’s Italian Restaurant liquor license to JLV Enterprises as the restaurant is in the process of transitioning to new ownership.

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