Pigeon Forge approves $27 million wastewater construction bid

Apr. 09, 2013 @ 06:16 PM

At its meeting Monday evening, the City Commission approved a low bid for Judy Construction Company for the construction of the city's new wastewater treatment plant.

The base bid was $25,425,000, and there was a $2.3 million alternate for a new operations building. The total bid of approximately $27.7 million was lower than the last bid.

"The bid came in lower than we expected," assistant city manager Eric Brackins said. "We had about $32 million in the bond left, and the bid came in somewhere around $27 million, so we were talking about maybe adding some stuff back in."

Brackins said, specifically, they were thinking of adding a digester and some piping.

"Mainly the digester was the biggest component (we might add)," Brackins said. "The engineers are going to get some prices and come back to us with them in a work session.

"We've not necessarily made a decision yet."

The commission also approved:

n An ordinance to amend sections 709 ("Commercial Amusement Park District") and section 801 ("area, yard and height requirements") of the text of the zoning ordinance of Pigeon Forge, first reading

n A change order from Adams and Sons Inc. relating to the Jake Thomas Interceptor project with a contract reduction in the amount of $90,032.08

n Three pickup trucks for the Water and Utility Departments utilizing the September 2012 bid from Ted Russell Ford, to be paid for out of the department's current fiscal year budget

n A bid for bolts and other hardware for the Fleet Maintenance Department from Fastenal

n A bid for hydraulic hoses and fittings for the Fleet Maintenance Department from East Tennessee Hose & Supply

n A bid for batteries for the Fleet Maintenance Department from Batteries Plus

n A purchase of Kyocera copy machines for Tourism and Special Events from Paxis Technologies utilizing Loudon County bid

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