City Council hires firm to study sewer plant
The Basehor City Council hired Monday an engineering firm that has worked with several local municipalities in the past to complete a study of the city's wastewater treatment facility.
Council members approved hiring Larkin Group, a Kansas City, Mo., firm, by a 4-1 vote. City council member Keith Sifford was the lone vote of opposition.
Larkin will complete the treatment plant study for approximately $7,500. The price tag was middle of the road in comparison with three other firms bidding on the project.
Burns and McDonnell submitted the highest bid at $17,000. Wilson and Co., submitted a $4,950 bid. Both companies were originally invited by the city to bid on the study.
A fourth company, Monarch Engineering, submitted the lowest bid at $3,500.
Though not invited by the city to bid on the work, Larkin Group entered the bidding process last week and was approved Monday based on the completion of similar work in nearby municipalities such as Bonner Springs and Lansing.
The city is attempting to learn the precise capacity of the treatment plant. Capacity numbers determined by city staff indicate that 75 to 100 additional connections separate the treatment plant from its maximum capacity.
Council members are considering a project that would increase capacity from 535,000 gallons per day to up to 2.4 million gallons per day.
Engineers have estimated the cost of such a project to range between $5.5 million and $6 million.
Basehor mayor Chris Garcia said the contract with Larkin Group calls for the project to be completed in 30 to 45 days.
Council members have scheduled a work session for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 to discuss the treatment plant.