Clifton firm will improve utilities for safety center

Grand Junction City Council members voted Monday night on some preliminary steps to further the creation of a public safety center.

One of those measures including voting on a contractor to complete utility improvements on the vacant lots on Fifth and Sixth streets between Ute and Pitkin avenues.

Ben Dowd Excavating of Clifton was awarded the bid for $187,161. The company will be responsible for extending a new sewer line and upgrading an existing storm drain to a larger pipe.

The company was the lowest of six bidders for the project, with CMC Weaver of Grand Junction coming in with the highest bid at $222,901, according to city reports.

City Council members also approved vacating Sixth Street between Pitkin and Ute avenues and the two adjacent alleys. The current roadway will be part of the public safety center complex.

“It’s exciting to see action going forward on the public safety endeavor,” council member Bill Pitts said.

In other news:

Grand Junction was recognized by Xcel Energy as the city that achieved the most energy savings in Colorado in 2010. The company awarded the city $429,963 in rebates.

Much of the energy savings came from Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant by installing upgraded equipment.


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