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Commission OKs low bids for water, wastewater treatment plants

April 14, 2009
By Audrey LaFave

GLADSTONE - The low bids for chemicals used at the Gladstone water and wastewater treatment plants were approved by the city commission Monday night.

Water and Wastewater Superintendent Eric Buckman presented the bids to the commission and recommended the low bids on all necessary chemicals, including liquid aluminum sulfate, chlorine, hydrofluosilicic acid and soda ash.

Buckman said he received two bids on liquid aluminum sulfate; $448.00 per ton from General Chemical, and $627.15 per ton from USALCO. He recommended the low bid from General Chemical, adding the water plant annual use is about 30 tons, a cost of $13,400 and wastewater annual use is about 43 tons, or $19,300. He said this is a 45 percent increase from last year.

"It takes a lot of energy to produce liquid aluminum sulfate," Buckman said. Transportation costs were also a factor, he said.

Two bids were also received for chlorine, and Buckman recommended the low bid of $90 per 100 pounds from Hydrite Chemical over the $106.50 per 100 pounds from Wausau Chemicals. This chemical is also used at both plants, he said, with water plant annual use at about 5,000 pounds or $4,500 and wastewater plant annual use at about 2,500 pounds or $2,300. Buckman said this was the same price the city paid last year due to an decrease in market demand.

The needed chemical hydrofluosilicic acid was also bid on by two companies and Buckman recommended the low bid of $47.97 per 100 pounds from Wausau Chemicals over the $72 per 100 pounds from Hydrite Chemical.

The water plant annual usage of hydrofluosilicic acid is approximately 6,500 pounds or $3,100.

"This is a 20 percent increase from last year's price due to an increase in market demand," he said.

Buckman said he received two bids on soda ash for the water plant, one for $368 per ton from OCI Chemical and one for $580 per ton from Hydrite Chemical. He recommended the low bid and said the water plant uses about 27 tons per year which will add up to $9,900, a 15 percent increase over last year's price. This is due to projected energy and transportation costs.

In other action, the commission:

approved the placement of a piece of art from the Bonifas Arts Center Public Art Competition in the city of Gladstone.

set a public hearing for April 27 on the possibility of adopting an ordinance to opt out of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Aggregation of Retail Customers (ARC) rules.

set a public hearing for May 11 on the energy optimization plan. A representative from WPPI will be on hand to make a presentation and answer questions.

introduced appropriation ordinance 576 and set a public hearing on the matter for April 27. The ordinance lists general fund expenditures for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

voted to authorize City Clerk Kim Fudala to appoint election workers in precincts one and two and alternates for the May 5 election

introduced ordinance 578 and 579 - the first reading of the two ordinances to amend the plan and boundaries Gladstone Downtown Development Authority (DDA). A public hearing is set for April 27 on the matters.

declared May 1 Silver Star Banner Day in Gladstone, honoring the sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Forces.


Audrey LaFave, (906) 786-2021, ext. 145,



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