When it comes to the construction on two Rosenberg lift stations, city staff are going to have to go back to the drawing board before the projects are completed.

At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members rejected the bids received for the Community Development Block Grant — Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funded project for the elevation of electrical controls and equipment at two lift stations in the city.

The city was allocated $298,611 through the grant to elevate electrical controls and equipment at Lift Station No. 9 (2311 Ave. B) and Lift Station No. 10 (1911 Ave. A).

However, both bidders exceeded the grant amount by over $100,000.

“There’s only two bids, which is concerning,” Mayor Bill Benton voiced. “These pump stations are functional at the moment, and they both got flooded out (during Hurricane Harvey).”

Public Works Director said both lift stations were completely submerged in water, and only after the water receded following the hurricane did the city put the components of the lift station back together.

“That’s good preventative maintenance,” Benton responded. “Reject or not reject. That is the question.”

Council member Isaac Davila said he was in favor of rejecting the bids and starting anew. The rest of council concurred.

“We’re going to try and get a better deal,” Benton promised.

The CDBG-DR Program requires a specific procurement process, including engineering, architectural and surveying services.

Lift stations pump the wastewater through a pressurized pipe, known as a forcemain, which conveys the wastewater to the ultimate discharge point at a higher elevation.

Davila made a motion to reject the bids. The motion was seconded by council member Tim Anders and passed unanimously. Council member Jacob Balderas was not present for Tuesday’s meeting.

Now that council has rejected the bids, city staff will review options to reduce scope and rebid the project, or seek alternate sources of funding prior to rebidding.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Jan. 19 via Zoom teleconference.

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