‘The stormwater system has outlived it’s useful life and is critical infrastructure’, county okays contract

Solid waste facilities, pumps, systems getting an overhaul


The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the contract award for solid waste facilities, pumps, systems upgrades and improvements amounting to $1,015,397 to Rognlin's, Inc.

Susan Isham, county capital project manager, said the director of public works can only approve up to 10% of changes on the contract due to unforeseen conditions only – and not changes in scope.

“The stormwater system has outlived its useful life and is critical infrastructure to the continued operational functioning of the Waste and Recovery Center (WARC),” Isham’s report read.

Isham said the county received four bids in late 2022, with Rognlin's, Inc. of Aberdeen being the lowest responsive bidder.

No bids were accepted in the initial screen in June 2022 because they were significantly higher than the engineer's estimate and the approved project budget. Public Works Department reported that this is due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department also claimed that this contract is aligned with the county's Strategic Plan's Initiative #8, which is to "Support robust and well-maintained infrastructure systems for a thriving community.”


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