Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Costs for the demolition of several water and sewer facilities nearly doubled from the original bid, according to a contract change approved by commissioners this week.
"We have a lot more experience building things than tearing them down," county Water Resources Director Ron Seibenhener said after the approval of the $720,000 contractor to a final cost of $1,219,845.
Seibenhener said there were several surprises in the work to take down the Duluth Water Intake Pump House, the Northwoods Maintenance Facility and now-defunct sewage plants at Beaver Ruin, Jack's Creek and No Business Creek. But the biggest obstacle came when the county sold the property at the defunct Jackson Creek plant, which the city of Lilburn purchased to convert into a baseball tournament facility.
That site had a plethora of dirt the county planned to be used for required environmental remediation at the other plant sites, Seibenhenner said. Officials looked into several other possibilities for the fill dirt, but eventually had to agree to the purchase of it.