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Eureka council votes to award contract for portion of Martin Slough Interceptor Project

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EUREKA- The Eureka City Council is moving forward with the Martin Slough Interceptor Project.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, the council adopted a resolution authorizing staff to negotiate and execute a contract with Wahlund Construction for completing Drill #2 of the Force Main portion of the Martin Slough Interceptor Project.

The motion was pulled from the last city council agenda, after a local contractor challenged the awarding of the contract to Wahlund Construction without using the normally utilized competitive bid.  Because of that challenge, city staff asked the council to make an exception to the normal competitive bid system in this case.

The council allowed the exception and cited public health and safety concerns, time constraints and a cost savings analysis in its decision.  City officials say the Martin Slough Interceptor Project is designed to resolve issues with Eureka’s Waste Water Collection System and provide better sewer service in the city.  City officials also say getting the approximately $23 million project finished as soon as possible is a top priority.

"Our greatest difficulty with our current waste water system occurs during the winter.  It has to do with rain events and we want and made a commitment to the community, the regulatory agencies to get that taken care of and this helps us do that," said Bruce Young, the Director of the Public Works Department with the City of Eureka.

The city staff and legal council are in discussions with the bonding company about how to resolve the issue of Apex’s halting of work on drill #1 for the Force Main portion of the Martin Slough Interceptor Project.