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County flushes bids for sewage project

Proposed bids for the Dellwood sewer projects were flushed down the toilet Monday during the regular meeting of the Dallas County Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to refuse all bids submitted for the Dellwood sewage project to fix the clogged sewage lines on Dallas County Roads 911 and 912 that have caused sewage to back up into yards. Bids submitted by Insituform Technologies, LLC, Heitkamp, Inc. and Layne InLiner all exceed the commission’s budget of $278,100.

“We could stand it if it was a few thousand dollars of the budget, but not $100,000 over the budget,” Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard said after the meeting.

Insituform Technologies, LLC submitted the lowest bid at $363,231, while Heitkamp, Inc. proposed $384,925 and Layne InLiner proposed $453,014, according to county administrator Barbara Harrell.

Bids from Heitkamp, Inc. and Layne InLiner were sent to the Ballard’s office.

Rebidding is scheduled to open June 1.

The clogging is a result of the houses having 8-inch wide pipes with built up debris over the past several decades, decreasing the total capacity. The lines have not been updated since they were first put in, commissioner Larry Nickles said.

Ballard said the rebidding shouldn’t delay the projected completion date.

“We have enough other pre-engineering stuff going on to where it will not delay the project,” Ballard said after the meeting.

The commission received a $350,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs in November to fix sewage pipelines.