By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Three bids were received by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) for the Champion Mill Dam Rehabilitation and Sediment Removal project. The bids were opened in Lincoln Tuesday.
Low bid was BSB Construction of Curtis, at $270,752.45.
Also bidding were Frahm Construction of Carroll at $334,885 and Myers Construction Inc. of Broken Bow with $349,775.
Jim Fuller, Administrator of the NGPC Parks Division, said the engineers’ estimate of the project was $198,000, of which $148,000 was for dam rehabilitation and $50,000 was for sediment removal.
The project calls for dredging silt from in front of the present dam and building a berm with it in front of the structure.
That berm will be hard surfaced and is designed to control flood water that may be aimed toward the dam.
In addition, the contractor will pour a concrete wall that lines up with the north wall of the existing raceway. In that wall will be drop boards or gates that can be raised or lowered to control water flow.
About $222,217 has been appropriated for the project, $55,554 from NGPC and the rest from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).
Fuller said that with the discrepancy between the money allocated and the low bid, “It will take awhile to figure this out, but we’ll put together the project one way or another to get the dam locked up and the lake back holding water.”
Norma Lashley, president of BSB, said the company doesn’t ever start work until all contracts are signed. She estimates it will be spring before any work is done.
Champion Lake has been empty since June, 2007, when the Department of Natural Resources ordered the lake emptied following a flood and damage to the gates at the lake’s dam.