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Progress continues on lagoon project

The Thomas Tribune of Thomas, Oklahoma

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Thomas City Council approved several contracts that will continue the progress of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The $181,412.66 contract with Robinson Construction, LLC, is partial payment and change order for the construction of the lagoon.

The treatment plant is located just east of Thomas across State Highway 54. It has the permitted capacity for four lagoon cells. This plant will serve all of Thomas.

The plant's current capacities required new construction and expansion to meet continued growth and to avoid Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality permit violations.

Other contracts approved were for the Lift Stations, and Jag Underground, LLC for the Force Mains in the amount of $24,183.50. This partial payment is pending on USDA's approval and also to accept the project as-completed.

Jag Underground have been contracted for the gravity sewers lines which will go in once the lagoon project is completed.

Miller, Inc has been contracted for the water line extensions. The Council approved a partial payment of $17,218.65 and construction to tie in the final line is set to begin soon.

Payment in the amount of $33,058.50 was approved for engineer in voices.

"Progress is going good on the lagoon," said Mayor Jeff Gose. "All the con tractors are working well together."

Gose says right now construction crews at the la goon site are test drilling to determine what the soil is like before Bentonite is laid to seal the lagoons.

"The drilling might cost more, but it could mean less bentonite used across the lagoon cells saying the city money," said the mayor. "Testing could cost $6,000 but might save the city $100,000. Hopefully with the savings, the city can construct more gravity sewer lines where water does not flow very well."

Engineer Phil Briggs said he believed if the city could get another gravity line in place it could take away majority of the problems with flow.

Gose stated the city is current right at budget with this project. Expected completion date was this month, but with the added testing, completion will be extended.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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