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Detroit Lakes Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Grants Now Over $17Million

Detroit Lakes Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Grants Now Over $17Million Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--An update on the new wastewater treatment plant to be built in Detroit Lakes. The City of Detroit Lakes learned this week that it has received another million dollars toward the construction of the new plant. Detroit Lakes Public Utilities Superintendent Vernell Roberts shared the information at the end of the council meeting Tuesday night. Roberts said Public Utilities applied for a Green Project Reserve grant to cover energy efficient meters in the new facility. He stated DLPU was eligible for up to 25 percent of the cost for energy efficient meters in a new facility. Roberts said that portion of the DL project is around $4.4 million worth of equipment. Councilwoman Madalyn Suuke lead the council in thanking Roberts with a round of applause for his work on finding more funding for the project expected to cost over 30 million dollars. Roberts summarized the total grant funding they've received so far including grants through the State Legislature last session. He says there is a point-source implementation grant from the state totaling $11,469,500, a wastewater infrastructure financing grant of $5 Million and the latest $1Million grant from Green Project Reserve totals $17,469,500.

The Council last night also approved awarding Rice Lake Construction as the main contractor for the wastewater treatment plant. Roberts said Rice Lake Construction was the lowest bidder of three contractors who bid on the project. Rice Lake Construction's project bid was $28,654,200 dollars. Roberts said the bid was well under the engineer's estimated project cost of $31 million. The plant construction is to begin this spring.

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