Water main connection in Lake Elmo under budget

Lake Elmo will pay less than expected to connect its new well to its water main. The city council awarded the contract for the work to Northdale Construction Company March 4.

City Engineer Jack Griffin said the city had received “favorable” bids.

Of the six bids for the project, Northdale’s bid of $442,484.13 was the lowest. Q3 Contracting Inc. came in with the highest bid, at $696,815.93.

“With (Northdale’s) bid it brings us down about $50,000 from what our  budget was on that project,” he said. “We know the contractor. … We’ve worked with them before.”

The work is part of the city’s project to add another well to meet peak demand for water in the summer. It will also serve as a backup of the current system. The well is also needed before the city can add more users to the system as the city sees anticipated growth. The well is included in the city’s 2030 comprehensive water system plan.

“This is the third project to put our well online,” Griffin said. “We have the well, the pumphouse and now the connecting watermain.”

According to Griffin, the reason for signing three different contracts is that contractors have different specialties. “You have a well drilling contractor for the well,” he said. “A pumphouse is building, equipment, electrical and mechanical. … And then the connecting the water main is a utility contractor.”

The money for the project comes from a combination of grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; water enterprise funds financed with bonds and repaid with water usage fees; and special assessments.

The work Northland will perform includes:

• Construction of 12-inch water main to connect Well No. 4 to the existing distribution system.

• Installation of 10 service stubs to existing properties to provide property owners the opportunity to hook up to municipal water.

• Erosion control, cleanup and site restoration.

The council voted unanimously to award the contract to Northdale.

Contact Jonathan Young at [email protected]