Kremmling water main project bid comes in well below estimated cost |

Kremmling water main project bid comes in well below estimated cost

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

A contractor has been selected for Kremmling’s water main transmission line project this summer.

At Monday’s Town Council meeting, the trustees voted unanimously to pick Grant Miller Inc. of Silverthorne for the project. The company specializes in excavating and hauling.

In presenting the recommendation to pick that Silverthorne company, Town Manager Ted Soltis said the town had received six bids. Grant Miller Inc. was the low bidder at $683,883.

The trustees were enthusiastic about the company and its low bid.

“Grant Miller has a good reputation for its projects being at or under cost,” said Trustee Erik Woog. “I think this is a genuinely good deal.”

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Trustee Isaac Schonlau agreed, saying “Grant Miller has a history of doing a good job, and he’s a local, which is nice.”

Grant Miller’s bid is considerably under the town’s original estimated cost for the project. The initial projected price tag was about $957,000.

In anticipation of that projected cost, the town had secured a $478,500 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the project. It was a 50-percent matching grant with the town paying for the other half.

Because Grant Miller’s bid is considerably lower than the original estimated cost, Soltis said the remaining DOLA money might be used for Kremmling’s in-town water line replacement projects. He said he would inform that state agency of the town’s plans.

Mayor Tom Clark agreed, but said the town should also be prepared to use those funds for “any unforeseen costs” related to the main water transmission line project.

After getting the bid’s approval, Soltis said Grant Miller Inc. had told him its workmen could begin “start-up work” on the project by June 16.

The project, which is scheduled to be done this year, will replace the main water transmission line from the town’s water plant located more than two miles west of Kremmling to the town’s western edge.

As part of the project, the waterline must be placed across both DeBerard Ditch and Muddy Creek. Soltis said these portions of the project will probably be done this fall when water levels have fallen.

Kremmling’s main transmission waterline, which supplies all the town’s water, is badly leaking and sections of it have failed in recent years due to corrosion in its steel pipes. The line was installed in the early 1970s.

In other business, the board approved Kremmling Police Chief Scott Spade’s request to join CCNC law enforcement/emergency services radio communication network.

The town will pay a one-time fee of $189 to join the network.

The trustees also directed Soltis to prepare a letter of support to be added to a Grand County Historical Association’s petition to be sent to the Union Pacific Railroad to postpone the demolition of the Kremmling depot building. The association has gathered more than 400 signatures on its petition. The association’s goal is to find a way to save and refurbish the building.

Mayor Clark also announced that another meeting on the Grand County Master Plan will be held Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the CSU Extension Hall at the fairgrounds in Kremmling. The public is encouraged to attend.

Soltis also informed the trustees that aerial spraying for mosquito control has been slated for the evening of Wednesday, June 18, weather permitting. The alternate date for the spraying would be Thursday, June 19.

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