By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot
THE ISSUE: The Albion City Council requested an approval to award the wastewaster treatment plant emergency generator equipment and installation to vendors and/or contractors. The generator is needed because the backup power source is no longer dependable at the plant and the building could incur flooding without a new generator, City Manager Michael Herman said.
WHAT HAPPENED MONDAY: The council accepted the following bids: a generator and automatic transfer switch to Cummins-Bridgeway, a transformer to HEK, Inc., a primary switch to S&C, and a switchgear to McGowan Electric.
THE VOTE: The council passed the resolution unanimously.
WHAT WILL IT COST? The entire project, including installation, will cost much less than anticipated, Director of Public Services Kevin Markovich said. He initially thought it could cost upwards of $500,000 but all of the bids awarded Monday total $163,469 and Markovich said the entire project should come in at under $250,000.
WHAT’S NEXT? Albion Electric is contracted to install the generator and the project will start in the next few months. The upgrades will position the facility to serve as a regional wastewater treatment plant in the future, if the need arises, Mayor Joe Domingo said.