GIRARD — The Girard City Council met in special session Tuesday to open bids for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facilities.

GIRARD — The Girard City Council met in special session Tuesday to open bids for improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facilities.

Bids were sought for two sections of the project. The first section involves replacement of thousands of feet of city sewer lines, along with other updates and replacement of some manholes. The second section of the project is the cleaning out of wastewater treatment lagoons.

Chris Erisman and John Riggs of Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Joplin consulting engineering firm, opened the bid envelopes.

“It appears that Rosetta Construction, Springfield, Mo., has the apparent low bid of $3, 391,919.83 for the first section, and Tws, Inc., Lebo, has the apparent low bid of $111,000 for the second section,” Erisman said.

He said that his firm had worked with Rosetta before, but was not familiar with Tws.

“We’ll talk with them and get references,” Erisman said. “We’ll be going over the paperwork, and will come to the council meeting Monday with a recommendation.”
The engineering estimates for the project were $3,589,000 for the first section and $260,000 for the second section.

“These bids look good and were under the estimates,” Erisman said. “But when you get underground with these 1911 pipes, things can pop up.”

Following the bid opening, council members took a trip to the Raymond Community Home for a tour of the 1893 Victorian mansion that was given to the City of Girard for use as a community center in 1931. The home has recently been replumbed, but some other repairs are needed.

The home was originally supervised by trustees appointed from clubs of the Girard City Federation of Women’s Clubs. However, many of those clubs are no longer active.

“It may be that in the future we’ll need to change how we govern the Raymond Community Home,” Harley said.