Hampton council delays decision on contract for wastewater facility

Added construction costs for Hampton's new sewage treatment plant forced the city council to postpone a resolution that would have awarded a contract for the project at its meeting last Thursday.

     The lowest construction bid for the city's new wastewater treatment facility came in at $8.4 million, which was $1.547 million more than the project's original estimated price in 2012. The council will now have to raise future sewage rates higher than it had initially anticipated so the city can pay for the added expenses.

     The council will meet in special session on Thursday, May 15, at 6 p.m., to hear a presentation from Jon Burmeister of the Des Moines-based firm Public Financial Management. Burmeister will provide information on potential rate increases to cover the plant's new $8.4 million price tag.

Read the full article in the May 14 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.