$780k contract is the first for Freeport’s sewage plant rebuild
Freeport’s sewage plant rebuild took a major step forward with the first contract awarded.
Jet Jack Inc. of Oakdale was awarded a nearly $780,000 contract for piping and infrastructure work.
The bid is subject to review by Solicitor Gerald DeAngelis and Bryan Churilla of KLH engineering.
Work at the plant along Buffalo Creek will begin after Labor Day, when the boat launch is closed.
Much of the construction will take place during the winter months, with the work scheduled to be done in March, depending on the severity of winter weather.
Other bidders for the contract were Glenn Johnston Inc. of McKeesport; Bison Construction of Fairmont City; Kukurin Construction of Export; and Terra Works Inc. of Clarion.
The work includes installing 1,650 feet of 10-inch to 27-inch pipe as well as 14 manholes to help decrease overflows.
Ultimately, the plant will be rebuilt as part of an $11.6 million project in 2022 to serve its 850 customers.
Residents will see a $55 to $58 monthly increase in their bills, depending upon how much of the work can be done with a combination of grants and loans.
Council on Monday also approved a sewage holding tank as part of the XTO natural gas well drilling project in the upper portion of the borough.
The holding tank won’t exactly involve sewage, according to officials. Instead, it will service showers and other conveniences for drillers who will be working around the clock.
Butler County is expected to issue a permit for the project and provide a sewage enforcement officer for the site.
George Guido is a freelance writer.