Bid agreement finalized for Champion Dam reconstruction
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) has finalized a bid for sediment removal at Champion Lake, in conjunction with the renovation of the dam.
Roger Kuhn, Assistant Director for the NGPC, said Monday that the contractor for the reconstruction project has agreed to remove silt and sediment from the site for $51,498.
BSB Construction of Curtis had earlier received the contract for the reconstruction part of the project for $133,827.
Kuhn said FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) provided the cost for the reconstruction, “but the time frame expired for the sediment removal. We had to reapply to FEMA for that funding.”
He added that FEMA gave its approval, whereupon NGPC went back to the contractor to negotiate the price for sediment removal.
“It’s a little better than we thought we would get,” he noted, as BSB would already be on site so no new contractor would have to be moved in.
In addition, it will cost less to dispose of the sediment, as it will be placed on the back side of the dam.
NGPC engineers had originally estimated the cost of the sediment removal to be $50,000.
The bid calls for removing 6,873 cubic yards of sediment, or three to four feet, from about 40 percent of the lake’s area. Kuhn pointed out that the lake is at eight to 10 feet in depth now.
Kuhn said NGPC has just now received the agreement, so hasn’t estimated a specific starting date for construction.
“Our goal is to get on and get it completed before wintertime,” he added.
The reconstruction and silt removal was required by the Department of Natural Resources following the flooding of the area in June of 2007.