A major evaluation of the Fort Dodge sanitary sewer system that will include sending inspectors down into some 1,110 manholes will start this spring.
A $1,533,247 contract to do the work was awarded to McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, by the City Council Monday night.
Council members Andy Fritz, Margy Halverson-Collins, Kelly Hindman and Curt Olson voted to award the contract. Councilmen Robert ''Barney'' Patterson and Don Wilson voted no.
Patterson and Wilson said they objected to the fact that the contract was awarded without seeking proposals from other engineering firms.
''We have given out way too many without getting proposals,'' Wilson said.
Fritz said that when the sewer system evaluation was discussed in a workshop, the council instructed the city staff to proceed with a contract with McClure. He said that perhaps that should have been the time to ask for proposals.
Hindman said advertising for proposals would delay the study for a year.
''You have to assess the current situation you have on hand,'' he said.
Derrick Anderson, the local manager of McClure, said the project will involve installing flow meters to see how much wastewater is flowing through the system, checking manholes and pumping smoke into the pipes.
In another sewer-related matter, the council hired U.S. Water Utility Group to prepare pre-treatment programs for major industries that must partially treat their wastewater before discharging it into the city's sewers. The company, which runs the wastewater treatment plant, will be paid $46,131.
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