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Sewage gets a lift in town of Coupeville

The Coupeville Town Council approved a $277,500 contract with an Anacortes construction company to replace a sewer lift station at the intersection of Alexander and Front streets.

The current sewer station was installed in 1959 and remodeled in the early 1980s. The system is becoming costly to maintain and needs extensive repairs.

“It’s nearing that age where more and more maintenance is required,” Public Works Director Malcolm Bishop said during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

He said the lift station’s capacity needs to increase to keep up with the town’s growth and with standards set by the state Department of Ecology.

He said the new station, which will be built by Sturdeweld Construction, will be more reliable and will also have a standby generator that will kick in during power outages.

The town had originally put the project out to bid last summer. However, the council rejected those bids because they came in over budget.

Officials split the project into two parts in hopes of attaining more reasonable costs for the project.

Two companies bid on the lift station project. The other company was Stouder Construction of Ferndale. Stouder’s bid for the project was at $427,600.

Both bids were considerably higher that the town’s $186,000 estimate. Bishop attributed the higher cost to the amount of construction work taking place in the region which drives up bids.

The second phase of the project is currently out to bid. Plans for the second phase call for replacing the sewer main and connections on Front Street between the lift station and North Main Street.

Work for that part of the project is slated to begin early next year.

You can reach reporter Nathan Whalen at nwhalen@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611.

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