Council wants lime sludge issue to go out for bid

The city’s lime sludge problem did not go away with a new council and continues to be an issue.
The City Council on Tuesday night put the brakes on a contract with Jim Nolker to remove all of the city’s dry lime sludge that has been accumulating for years at the city’s water plant.
Wastewater Superintendent C.E. Goodall reiterated Tuesday night that the city would receive a violation notice for the lime sludge.
The council put the contract on hold because some councilmen were not sure if the city could legally enter into the contract since the work never went through the public bid process.
Any purchases over $5,000 must go through the process.
“We want to do the lime sludge,” Mayor Pro Tem Mike Wright said. “We just have to do it the right way.”
Nolker approached the city in March with a proposal.
Mayor Lance Green said the city did receive bids from a company that removed about half of the city’s liquid lime sludge from the lagoons in February. However, Goodall pointed out that the bid the company presented to the city was to remove only the remaining portion of the liquid lime sludge.
The council took no action when the proposal was presented to them twice to remove the remaining portion.
Wright also asked about what the city should do because Nolker’s proposal had already been made public.
City Attorney Brian Hall said he agreed with Wright.

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