The Spokane Valley City Council took the next step in an effort to clear sludge at Tuesday night’s meeting
The council unanimously approved a contract with MDM Construction Inc. in the amount of $147,893 for the city’s portion of the cost to build a decant facility on Washington State Department of Transportation property just west of Pines Road on Montgomery Avenue.
The company was one of three bidders for the project, which when completed will dry out waste that is removed from swales and drywells for final disposal. One of the bidders, however, was disqualified Monday for filing out-of-date paperwork.
The bid opening was Monday.
“Cat’s Eye Excavating was disqualified,” said Eric Guth, utilities director. “They used an older bid form...there was no way to be equitable across the board.”
The council approval gives the city manager approval to move forward with a contract for phase 1 of plant construction. When it becomes operational later this year, it will separate water from the solid materials that’s collected from the city’s 7,350 drywells and 3,460 catch basins. A vactoring truck, which the city’s contracts for, is used to suck out the debris.
Under an agreement with WSDOT, the city has been tasked with designing and building the plant, while the state will own and operate the facility. The majority of the cost of the plant will be paid for by state grant funds.
The agreement pleased Council Member Dean Grafos, who was critical of the idea when first proposed last year.
“I think this is a win for the city,” Grafos said. “I initially was very hesitant about a decant plant. We initially started at over a million and a half dollars and staffing it. We were able to put this together with the state of Washington and it’s basically a contract situation for the city. In the long term, that will save our citizens a lot of money.”
In other news, the council gave final approval to an ordinance that will allow for formerly owned manufactured homes to be placed on individual lots. There was no opposition to the motion.
The council also approved the city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan, which has several pavement-management projects attached. Roadwork schedules, however, may be adjusted as funding becomes available.
Finally, the council also gave its blessing to several updates to the comprehensive plan. Final approval is expected at the July 9 council meeting.
There will be no formal council meeting next Tuesday, however a special budget workshop is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. Another special meeting, this time with the Planning Commission to discuss development regulations for the Shoreline Master Plan, will follow that evening at 6.
There is no meeting scheduled for June 25, as several council members will be attending the Association of Washington Cities Conference in the Tri-Cities.