Big dig bid awarded

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh called a special city council Monday at noon to award the bid for the upcoming sewer project Victor Rosetta Construction Company out of Springfield, Mo. The winning bid was one of three submitted and the lowest at $16,298,338.07.

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh called a special city council Monday at noon to award the bid for the upcoming sewer project Victor Rosetta Construction Company out of Springfield, Mo. The winning bid was one of three submitted and the lowest at $16,298,338.07.

The other bids were Eutaw Construction at $16,357,649, and St. Louis Construction, at $16,976,688.83. While no schedule for construction has been released yet, the project is expected to take two years.

The special meeting was called so work on the project would not have to wait until the next city council meeting. It is anticipated the project will begin with tree removal. The tree removal has to be completed by the end of March because of regulatory rules. Bats will roost in the trees in the project area during the summer. The construction firm would then have to wait until October to finish removing trees in the project. The trees cannot be cut while the bats are roosting in them in the summer months.

The project spans about half the city from Riverside Park, boring under Hwy. 167, and extending into west Batesville. The project will reap economic development for the area by having increased sewer capacity to accommodate commercial, industrial, and residential growth, along with the economic impact of the construction crews working and eating in Batesville.

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