The Walnut Ridge City Council met in special session Monday evening at 5:45, prior to the regular monthly meeting, to discuss bids received for the city’s new wastewater treatment facility.

Mayor Charles Snapp presented a letter from Crist Engineers, Inc., recommending awarding the bid to Robertson Construction, Inc., of Poplar Bluff, Mo. Robertson was the low bid on the project at $4,100,000.

“The bids varied widely,” Snapp said, noting that Robertson’s bid was much lower than anticipated. “The engineer called and checked both listed and unlisted references.”

He said the company, which recently completed a wastewater facility in Poplar Bluff, was also given 24 hours to rescind their bid.

Snapp said with $5.25 million available to be spent on the plant and corrective measures, the bid received on construction of the plant will allow the city to look at some other upgrades, as well.

“Hopefully we can address some pumps that need to be replaced,” he said.

Ty Callahan made a motion to accept the bid from Robertson Construction saying, “Robertson does work all over. I see them everywhere.” Council members voted unanimously to accept the bid.

Snapp said once the city has the final go ahead from the ADEQ, work could begin as soon as two weeks.

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