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Hermiston sewer plant contract comes in under budget

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November 6, 2012 -

HERMISTON, Ore. - The Hermiston City Council has selected a contractor to do millions of dollars of work at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

On Monday, the city awarded a contract to Slayden Construction Group, Inc., who the council said presented the most reasonable bid do perform the plant's improvements.

The construction company's bid of just over $17 million came in about 15% less than engineers initially predicted.

If no other bidders contest the contract, construction could start as early as January of 2013. If the work goes as planned, engineers at the treatment plant expect the work to wrap up by the end of 2014.

The portion of the project approved by the council does not include the outfall works, which will discharge the city's effluent to the Umatilla River. Engineers expect that portion to cost around $2 million.