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Martinsburg's wastewater treatment plant project low bid comes in at $43.2 million

July 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Pennsylvania company is the apparent low bidder for construction of the City of Martinsburg’s wastewater treatment plant project.

HRI Inc., of State College, Pa., bid $43,244,800, City Manager Mark Baldwin announced Tuesday at a city council-as-a-whole committee meeting.

Baldwin said the bid by HRI came in about $4.5 million higher than the estimated construction cost. HRI was one of six companies to submit bids, the highest being more than $51 million.

HRI’s bid, as well as several bid alternatives for the treatment plant project, now will be reviewed as part of an effort to close the gap between the estimated cost and the actual bid results, Baldwin said.

The bid opening Tuesday comes as council members separately reviewed a plan to line up what Baldwin described as “interim financing” that the state has offered while it works out legislation to free up millions of dollars for wastewater treatment plant upgrades in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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HRI said on its website that its Winchester, Va., office is managing a $30 million wastewater treatment project in Moorefield, W.Va., that is slated to be done in October. Moorefield also is in the bay watershed.

Baldwin told council members that the city’s share of the state grant funding via the legislation is estimated to be about $16 million, but could be more, depending on the results of the state’s planned bond issue.

The Martinsburg City Council earlier this year adopted a sewer rate increase that will not go into effect until July 1, 2015, as part of the plan to finance the upgrades.

Martinsburg’s current average monthly bill based on 4,000 gallons of water used is $14.46, which ranked among the lowest in the state in May. The rate will increase to $39.32.

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