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City to vote on Miron bid tonight
A $24.8 million bid for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project will go before the city council Tuesday. (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - A $24.8 million bid for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade project is coming before the city council for a vote Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works voted unanimously to recommend the council accept the bid and award the construction contract to Miron Construction Company, Inc. of Neenah. Miron would also be awarded an alternative contract for $31,500, to add rotary lobe pumps for solids and semi-solids.

Jay Kemp, AECOM manager for the project, said the five bids received were a little higher than the $23.2 million he had expected, after the city expanded the operations building to accommodate the water utility.

Three other bids ranged from $25.2 million to $26.5 million, and one bid was $32.6 million.

Kemp said the bidding environment was starting to heat up. He also noted a $400,000 allowance was included in the bids for rising inspection fees, sludge removal and possible asbestos removal.

Some possible savings could yet be made, after he speaks to Miron, Kemp added.

Construction could get started as early as mid-April. The state has to finish the city's application for the Clean Water Clean Water Fund Program, one of the state's subsidized loan programs, once Miron is approved.

The project will take 20 months to complete.