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Culver awards bid on sewer pond project

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   The city of Culver has selected R&G Excavating, of Scio, to expand the city's sewer treatment system.
   The city received six bids from potential subcontractors for the project by the closing date of Aug. 14, when city staff opened bids and turned them over to Tenneson Engineering of The Dalles, the project engineer.
   At the Aug. 20 Culver City Council meeting, the council issued a notice of intent to award the bid. "After the appeal period expires, we'll award the contract, if there are no appeals," said Mayor Shawna Clanton.
   As part of the project, bid at $606,034, the city will add a 6-acre pond north of the existing lagoons, located off A Street, northeast of Culver.
   "We needed to upgrade," said Clanton, noting that the sewer ponds were built in the 1970s. "In order for Culver to grow, we need to expand our sewer ponds. They are at full capacity."
   Clanton said that the city initially "looked everywhere for grants," but was unable to locate any suitable funding options that didn't require matching funds.
   "We decided to borrow money from city savings, and pay ourselves back, with interest," said Clanton, crediting Donna McCormack, city recorder, with coming up with the idea.
   "The advantage of doing it now is, because of the downsizing in our economy, we're able to build it at a reasonable price," she said.